Water vapor condensing process inside horizontal tube has been studied in the paper. A CFD simulation model has been developed with Fluent software. An experimental investigation has also been conducted with an 8-mm inside diameter horizontal tube. As well as the heat transfer correlations available in literatures, the CFD model has been validated against the experimental results. The discrepancy of the simulation model is within 15%. The effect of wall temperature, inlet vapor velocity and inlet superheating degree on local heat transfer coefficient has been analyzed. The simulation model can be employed in future work to develop a condensation heat transfer correlation in horizontal tube.
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