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Experimental Study of Heat Transfer Characteristics for Horizontal-Tube Falling Film Evaporation

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Xingsen Mu, Yong Yang, Shengqiang Shen, Gangtao Liang, Luyuan Gong

Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, Liaoning, China

Paper No. HT2012-58532, pp. 865-871; 7 pages
  • ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer Enhancement for Practical Applications; Fire and Combustion; Multi-Phase Systems; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Low Temperature Heat Transfer; Computational Heat Transfer
  • Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, USA, July 8–12, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4478-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The horizontal-tube falling film evaporation is a widely adopted technique in multiple-effect distillation (MED) desalination plant due to the higher heat transfer coefficient under quite small temperature differences. In the present study, an experimental platform for horizontal-tube falling film evaporation was set up to measure its heat transfer characteristics. Results indicate that heat transfer coefficient (h) for both fresh water and seawater are almost independent with heat flux. The h increases firstly and then decreases with growth of Re. Along the tube circumference, the h increases after decreasing. In addition, the distribution of h for fresh water and seawater at the different evaporation temperatures and Reynolds number (Re) are also provided.

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