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A Comparison of the Void Fraction Correlations of R134A During Condensation in Vertical Downward Laminar Flow in a Smooth and Microfin Tube

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Ahmet Selim Dalkilic

Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Suriyan Laohalertdecha, Somchai Wongwises

King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand

Paper No. MNHT2008-52382, pp. 1029-1040; 12 pages
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Tainan, Taiwan, June 6–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4292-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3813-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Void fractions are determined in vertical downward annular two-phase flow of R134a inside a 7 mm i.d. smooth and microfin tube. The experiments are done at average qualities ranging between 0.67–0.99. The mass fluxes are around 29 kg/m2 s. The pressures are between 0.77–0.9 MPa. The experimental setup is explained elaborately. Comparisons between the void fraction determined from 35 void fraction correlations are done. According to the use of various horizontal and vertical annular flow void fraction models together with the present experimental condensation heat transfer data, similar void fraction results were obtained mostly for the microfin and smooth tube. Effect of void fraction alteration on the momentum pressure drop is also presented.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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