Heat transfer enhancement using segmented non-boiling gas-liquid streams is examined. Segmentation results in a two phase flow of liquid/gas having a constant liquid fraction, i.e. no phase change occurs. In this flow configuration, enhanced heat transfer occurs as a result of a shorter effective thermal length and internal fluid circulation in the liquid plugs. A simple theory for laminar segmented flows is developed based on Graetz theory and comparisons made with existing data from the literature and new data obtained in a companion study.

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