Passive augmentation techniques such as surface disruptions are being increasingly used in heat exchangers. Although many working correlations have been suggested to predict their thermal-hydraulic characteristics, the physical phenomena governing the heat transfer enhancement have not been clearly understood. The paper describes a qualitative study on the flow phenomena near an enchanced surface. Water was used as the working fluid. Experiments were conducted for different coil wire diameters and for a Reynolds number of 150-2600. The results show the simultaneous existence of different flow patterns in enhanced flow. Also, the study confirmed that the developing length is very much smaller than that of a smooth tube, even for laminar flow.

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