A minichannel aluminium tube heat exchanger - Part III: Condenser Performance with Propane
2008 (English)In: International journal of refrigeration, ISSN 0140-7007, E-ISSN 1879-2081, Vol. 31, no 4, 696-708 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper reports heat transfer results obtained during condensation of refrigerant propane inside a minichannel aluminium heat exchanger vertically mounted in an experimental setup simulating a water-to-water heat pump. The condenser was constructed of multiport minichannel aluminium tubes assembled as a shell-and-tube heat exchanger. Propane vapour entered the condenser tubes via the top end and exited sub-cooled from the bottom. Coolant water flowed upward on the shell-side. The heat transfer areas of the tube-side and the shell-side of the condenser were 0.941 m(2) and 0.985 m(2), respectively. The heat transfer rate between the two fluids was controlled by varying the evaporation temperature while the condensation temperature was fixed. The applied heat transfer rate was within 3900-9500 W for all tests. Experiments were performed at constant condensing temperatures of 30 degrees C, 40 degrees C and 50 degrees C, respectively. The cooling water flow rate was maintained at 11.90 l min(-1) for all tests. De-superheating length, two-phase length, sub-cooling length, local heat transfer coefficients and average heat transfer coefficients of the condenser were calculated. The experimental heat transfer coefficients were compared with predictions from correlations found in the literature. The experimental heat transfer coefficients in the different regions were higher than those predicted by the available correlations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 31, no 4, 696-708 p.
heat exchanger, minichannel, condenser, aluminium, experiment, propane, performance, heat transfer
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6766DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2008.02.013ISI: 000257361700014ScopusID: 2-s2.0-44449146880OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6766DiVA: diva2:11568
QC 20100708. Uppdaterad från Submitted till Published 20100708.2007-02-142007-02-142012-03-20Bibliographically approved