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Experimental Studies of Shell and Tube Condenser Fouling and Accelerated Particulate Fouling in Internal Helical-Rib Roughness Tubes

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Wei Li

Engineered Air, DeSoto, KS

Paper No. HT2003-47404, pp. 717-727; 11 pages
  • ASME 2003 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 1
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 21–23, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3693-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3679-7
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


This paper addresses fouling in a family of seven 15.54 mm I.D. copper, helically ribbed tubes, which have different ridge heights, helix angles, and number of ridge starts. A series of semi-theoretical linear fouling correlations as a function of the product of area indexes and efficiency indexes for long term combined precipitation and particulate fouling (PPF) in cooling tower systems and a series of semi-theoretical linear fouling correlations as a function of the efficiency indexes for particulate fouling were developed. The correlations can be directly used to assess the fouling potential of enhanced tubes in actual cooling water situations.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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