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Probabilistic Flow-Pattern-Based Heat Transfer for Condensing Intermittent Flow in Smooth Horizontal Tubes

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Josua P. Meyer, Marcel Christians, Leon Liebenberg, Eugene van Rooyen

University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Paper No. IHTC14-22336, pp. 115-124; 10 pages
  • 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference
  • 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, Volume 2
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 8–13, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4937-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3879-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


A signal analysis method used for condensing refrigerants is presented, which resulted in a modification of the prediction method for heat transfer based on probabilistic time-fractional results. An objective visual method for discrimination of flow patterns and determining probabilistic time-fractions in intermittent flow was developed. The frequency domain was identified as the main candidate for discrimination of sub-regimes present in intermittent flow. Experimental work was conducted using refrigerants R-22 and R-134a, at an average saturation temperature of 40°C, with mass fluxes ranging from 200–700 kg/m2 s, and with test section inlet vapour qualities ranging from 0.65 down to 0.10. These test conditions mostly represented intermittent flow. The modified correlation predicted the experimental data with a mean absolute deviation of 10%.

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