Local heat transfer coefficients for flow boiling of pure 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (R134a) and binary mixtures of propane (R290) and R134a were measured. The experimental setup employed a vapor heated plain horizontal tube (di=10mm, do=12mm, L=500mm). The measurements covered a wide range of saturation temperatures (233Ts278K), mass fluxes (100ṁ300kgm2s), qualities (0ẋ1), and concentrations (0z̃0.65). In the zeotropic region of R134a/R290 mixtures, the measured local heat transfer coefficient was found to show a maximum decrease by a factor of 2 relative to that for pure R134a. At the azeotropic point (65% R290), it was found to increase by a factor of 1.2. The measured local heat transfer coefficients for both R134a and R134a/R290 were compared with a number of correlations.

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