Experimental Investigation of Two-phase Pressure Drop in a Microchannel
2011 (English)In: Heat Transfer Engineering, ISSN 0145-7632, E-ISSN 1521-0537, Vol. 32, no 13/14, 1126-1138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Experimental results of two-phase pressure drop in a horizontal circular microchannel are reported in this paper. A test tube was made of fused silica having an internal diameter of 781 mu m with a total length of 261 mm and a heated length of 191 mm. The outer surface of the test tube was coated with an electrically conductive thin layer of ITO (indium tin oxide) for direct heating of the test section. Refrigerants R134a and R245fa were used as the working fluids, and mass flux during the experiments was varied between 100 and 650 kg/m(2)-s. Experiments were performed at two different system pressures corresponding to saturation temperatures of 25 degrees C and 30 degrees C for R134a and at three different system pressures corresponding to saturation temperatures of 30 degrees C, 35 degrees C, and 40 degrees C for R245fa. Two-phase frictional pressure drop characteristics with variation of mass flux, vapor fraction, saturation temperature, and heat flux were explored in detail. Finally, the prediction capability of some well-known correlations available in the literature, some developed for macrochannels and others especially developed for microchannels, was assessed.
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2011. Vol. 32, no 13/14, 1126-1138 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27140DOI: 10.1080/01457632.2011.562463ISI: 000299957500005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79960485611OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-27140DiVA: diva2:374774
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