In falling film heat transfer on horizontal tube bundles, liquid flow from tube to tube occurs as a falling jet that can take on different flow modes. At low flow rates, the liquid film falls as discrete droplets. At higher flow rates, these droplets form discretely spaced liquid columns. At still higher flow rates, the film falls as a continuous sheet of liquid. Predicting the flow transitions between these flow modes is an essential step in determining the heat transfer coefficient for the particular flow mode, whether for a single phase process or for falling film condensation or evaporation. Previous studies have centered mostly on falling films on plain tube arrays. The objective of the present study is to extend the investigation to tubes with enhanced surfaces: a low finned tube, an enhanced boiling tube and an enhanced condensation tube. The effect of tube spacing on flow transition has also been investigated. The test fluids were water, glycol and a glycol-water mixture. The adiabatic experimental results show that the flow mode transition thresholds for the enhanced boiling tube are very similar to those of the plain tube while the fin structure of the other two enhanced tubes can significantly shift their transition thresholds.

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