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Numerical Studies on Heat Transfer and Friction Factor Characteristics of a Tube Fitted With Helical Twisted Tape Without Core-Rod Inserts

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Zhichun Liu, Xiaoyu Zhang, Wei Liu

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, HuBei, China

Paper No. IHTC14-22494, pp. 539-545; 7 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


The principles of heat transfer enhancement in the core flow of tube have been proposed to improve the temperature uniformity and reduce flow resistance, which is different from that of heat transfer enhancement in the boundary flow of tube. Helical twisted tape inserts with four different widths (w = 7.5mm, 12mm, 15mm and 20mm) have been investigated for different inlet volume-flow rates ranging from 200L/h to 500L/h. A three-dimensional turbulence analysis of heat transfer and fluid flow is performed by numerical simulation. The simulation results show that the average overall heat transfer coefficients in circular plain tubes are enhanced with helical twisted tape of different widths by as much as 220∼390% at a constant tube-side temperature and the friction factor are enhanced by as much as 50% to 790%. The PEC value of the helical twisted tape inserts of different width varies between 1.60 and 3.15. Physical quantity synergy analysis is also performed. The synergy angles α, β, γ and θ are calculated, and the numerical results verify the synergy regulation among physical quantities of fluid particle in the flow field of convective heat transfer, which can guide the optimum design for better heat transfer units and high-efficiency heat exchangers.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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