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Pressure Drop in Mini-Scale Coiled Tubing

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M. Ghobadi, Y. S. Muzychka

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2013-63348, pp. V08CT09A049; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8C: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5636-9
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


In the present study, laminar, steady state flow in mini-scale coiled tubes was studied experimentally. Three different tube diameters: 1.6 mm, 1.27 mm and 1.016 mm with different lengths of 1 m and 0.5 m were coiled with different radius of curvature to provide data over a wide range of Reynolds numbers from 5 to 2300. A simple empirical model is developed based on the experimental results to predict the pressure drop increase based on Dean number. The results and simple model are also compared to a well-known existing model for circular tubing. The coiled tube lengths used in this study were long enough to consider the flow to be fully developed. The effects of varying curvature and tube length are also studied. The pitch of the coils is restricted to the diameter of the tube to minimize the effect of coiling. Dean number is used instead of Coiled number (modified Dean number) which allows the results to be expanded to spiral and curved tubing.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Tubing , Pressure drop



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