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Experimental Investigation of Flow Boiling Pressure Drop of R134a in a Micro-Scale Horizontal Smooth Tube

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Cristiano Bigonha Tibiriçá, Gherhardt Ribatski

University of São Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil

Paper No. IHTC14-22962, pp. 169-177; 9 pages
  • 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference
  • 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, Volume 6
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 8–13, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4941-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3879-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper presents new experimental flow boiling pressure drop results in a microscale tube. The experimental data were obtained under diabatic conditions in a horizontal smooth tube with internal diameter of 2.3 mm. Experiments were performed with R134a as working fluid, mass velocities ranging from 100 to 600 kg/m2 s, heat flux ranging from 10 to 55 kW/m2 , saturation temperatures of 31 °C, and exit vapor qualities from 0.20 to 0.99. Flow pattern characterization was also performed from images obtained by high-speed filming. Pressure drops up to 48 kPa/m were measured. These data were carefully analyzed and compared against 13 two-phase frictional pressure drop prediction methods, including both macro- and micro-scale methods. Comparisons against these methods based on the data segregated according to flow patterns were also performed. Overall, the method by Cioncolini et al. [1] provided quite accurate predictions of the present database.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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