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Enhancement of Single-Phase Refrigerant Mixture (R-407C) Flow in Meso-Scale Heat Exchangers Using Micro-Coils

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Yasir M. Shariff

Taibah University, Madina, Saudi Arabia

T. S. Ravigururajan

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Paper No. MNC2007-21052, pp. 735-740; 6 pages
  • 2007 First International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems
  • First International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems, Parts A and B
  • Sanya, Hainan, China, January 10–13, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4265-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3794-7
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Experimental results from single-phase refrigerant mixture flow in smooth and micro-coil enhanced meso-channels are presented. R-407C — a mixture of R-32 (23%)/R-125 (25%)/R-134a (52%) — is used as the working fluid and different micro-coils are used in conjunction with two meso-channels (2.78mm and 3.97 mm) to obtain distinct roughness parameters. The flow was varied over a range of Reynolds numbers and experiments were conducted over a heat flux range of 2 to 11 kW/m2 . The heat transfer coefficient was found to be dependent on both the heat flux as well as mass flux levels. Results show that heat transfer characteristics are comparable to R-113, and that micro-coil inserts enhanced the heat transfer performance compared to the performance in smooth meso-channels.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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