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Flow Boiling Heat Transfer of CO2 at Low Temperatures: Challenges and Opportunities

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Pradeep Bansal, Xiumin Zhao

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Paper No. ICNMM2007-30155, pp. 979-988; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 5th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • ASME 5th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Puebla, Mexico, June 18–20, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4272-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3800-5
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


There is a growing use of CO2 refrigeration to achieve low temperatures, particularly in the food industry, however, very limited information is available in the open literature on its boiling heat transfer characteristics below (−)30°C. This paper presents an overview of the flow boiling heat transfer characteristics of pure CO2 at low temperatures, its special thermal properties and their effect on the boiling heat transfer. The paper also presents an analysis of the experimental data collected from (−)24.3°C to (−)40°C in a novel experimental rig, specifically designed to achieve low temperatures down to (−)50°C, using 4.5m long horizontal stainless steel tube of 4.57mm inner diameter. The paper highlights the limitations of existing empirical correlations by comparing their predictions with the experimental boiling heat transfer coefficients. It is expected that the data presented in this study would be beneficial to industry and designers of compact heat exchangers for CO2 at low temperatures.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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