The flow boiling heat transfer coefficient of R-22 in small hydraulic diameter tubes has been experimentally studied. Both brass and aluminum round tubes of 1.66 mm inside diameter are used for the test section. The ranges of the major experimental parameters are 300∼600 kg/m2s of refrigerant mass flux, 10∼20 kW/m2 of the wall heat flux, 0.0∼0.9 of the inlet vapor quality. The experimental result showed that the flow boiling heat transfer coefficient in this small tubes are in the range of 2∼4 kW/m2K and it varies only by heat flux, independent of mass flux and vapor quality. It is also observed that the heat transfer coefficients in the aluminum tube are up to 50% higher than in the brass tube.

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