Condensation of refrigerants on small tube bundles
Mabrey, Burlin Davis
Wanniarachchi, Amarawansa S.
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The construction of an apparatus for the condensation performance testing of a horizontal bundle of four tubes with various refrigerants was completed. The apparatus was instrumented, and data reduction software was developed to provide bundle and single tube condensation data. Two tube bundles were tested, smooth copper tubes and low integral-fin copper-nickel tubes, with two refrigerants, R-114 and R-113. An enhancement ratio of about 2.0 for the overall heat transfer coefficient was demonstrated for the finned tubes over the smooth tubes. Internal contamination, possibly due to a breakdown of the refrigerant molecules when subjected to high temperatures in the boiling chamber, inhibited further meaningful data collection. Recommendations for improvement of the test apparatus are made.
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