This paper describes the flow boiling heat transfer of R123/R134a mixture in a single round micro-channel with 0.19 mm ID. The flow boiling heat transfer coefficients were measured with the variation of mixture composition (R123 mole fraction: 0.502, 0.746) at various experimental conditions: mass velocities (314, 392, 470 kg/m2-s), heat fluxes (10, 15, 20 kW/m2) and vapor qualities (0.2–0.85). The heat transfer characteristics of R123/R134a mixture are similar to those of pure R123 observed in the previous flow boiling experiment. The similarity of heat transfer characteristics denotes that the heat transfer is governed by evaporation of thin liquid film around the elongated bubbles like the case of pure R123. The heat transfer coefficients of R123/R134a mixture are compared with those of equivalent pure refrigerant by the correlation developed from pure R123 experimental results. The large reduction of heat transfer coefficients compared with pure refrigerant is found in micro-channels flow boiling by the mass transfer effect of mixed refrigerant. In addition, macro-channel correlations for mixed refrigerant do not make accurate prediction about the reduction of heat transfer coefficients.

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