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Assessment of boiling heat transfer correlations in the modelling of fin and tube heat exchangers

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International Journal of Refrigeration
  • Volumen: 30
  • Número: 6
  • Fecha: 01 September 2007
  • Páginas: 1004-1017
  • ISSN: 01407007
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2007.01.006
  • Document Type: Article
A new way to assess the performance of refrigeration system models is presented in this paper, based on the estimation of cycle parameters, such as the evaporation temperature which will determine the validity of the method. This paper is the first of a series which will also study the influence of the heat transfer coefficient models on the estimation of the refrigeration cycle parameters. It focuses on fin and tube evaporators and includes the dehumidification process of humid air. The flow through the heat exchanger is considered to be steady and the refrigerant flow inside the tubes is considered one-dimensional. The evaporator model is discretised in cells where 1D mass, momentum and energy conservation equations are solved by using an iterative procedure called SEWTLE. This procedure is based on decoupling the calculation of the fluid flows from each other assuming that the tube temperature field is known at each fluid iteration. Special attention is paid to the correlations utilised for the evaluation of heat transfer coefficients as well as the friction factor on the air and on the refrigerant side. A comparison between calculated values and measured results is made on the basis of the evaporation temperature. The experimental results used in this work correspond to an air-to-water heat pump and have been obtained by using R-22 and R-290 as refrigerants. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd and IIR.

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