The heat transfer and pressure drop performance of two types of finned tubes used in the air-conditioning industry are reported for 14 different bundle configurations. Twelve of these configurations contained a new type of finned tube called K-Y and two contained a more conventional pin fin. A unique characteristic of all these configurations is zero or negative fin-tip clearances. A comparison of the performance of these air-conditioning type finned tubes with negative fin-tip clearance is then made with the performance of typical air-cooled heat exchanger tubes used in the process and power industries. Both the heat transferred and the pressure drop are substantially higher with the air-conditioning configurations; the heat transfer coefficient is superior even to plain tubes. The very high heat transfer performance is more the result of the negative fin-tip clearance than the fin shape or type.

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