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Experimental Investigation of Pressure Drop of Flow Boiling at Vertical Narrow Rectangular Channel

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Liang-Ming Pan, De-Qi Chen, De-Wen Yuan

Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Paper No. ICONE16-48541, pp. 557-562; 6 pages
  • 16th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Thermal Hydraulics; Instrumentation and Controls
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, May 11–15, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4816-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3820-X
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Narrow channel heat transfer element has been extensive adopted in engineering applications, especially at electronics technology, this kind of elements often be used to construct compact heat exchanger. Pressure drop of flow boiling at vertical channel with gaps of 1.7, 2.2 and 3.6 mm was experimentally investigated in this paper. The variation of the two-phase frictional multiplier vs. heat flux at various operating conditions was gotten experimentally, possible mechanism of the two-phase frictional multiplier trends of narrow channel were analyzed. Experimental results revealed that the two-phase frictional multiplier increased at lower flow rate and heat flux, as well as higher vapor quality, and dropped at wider flow gap. The multiplier can not be estimated by commonly used method for ordinary gap, thus a modified model of pressure drop for narrow channel was proposed considering the size effects of channel. The error of the predicted two-phase frictional multiplier is within ±15.4% compared with experimental results.

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