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Performance Evaluation of Helical Coils as a Passive Heat Transfer Enhancement Technique under Flow Condensation by use of Entropy Generation Analysis

Ghazanfari Holagh, Shahriyar, Abdous, Mohammad Ali, Shafiee, Mahmood, Rosen, Mark (2021) Performance Evaluation of Helical Coils as a Passive Heat Transfer Enhancement Technique under Flow Condensation by use of Entropy Generation Analysis. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 23 . Article Number 100914. ISSN 2451-9049. (doi:10.1016/j.tsep.2021.100914) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:87396)

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Abstract

Current research focuses on the performance of helically coiled tubes as a passive heat transfer enhancement technique for R134a flow condensation from an entropy generation perspective. Similar to other enhancement techniques, helical coils, are accompanied by pressure drop as a penalty, diminishing their performance, so that these coils are of lower performance compared to straight tubes where the increase in entropy generation due to pressure drop overcomes the decrease in entropy generation due to enhanced heat transfer. Unlike previous studies that have largely investigated heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of helical coils regardless of their performance, this study employs entropy generation analysis as an effective method to distinguish flow and geometrical conditions at which helical coils are of lower entropy, i.e. higher performance, compared to straight tubes. The findings reveal that, for both helical and straight tubes, entropy generation is enhanced as tube diameter, mass velocity, vapor quality, and wall heat flux increase and saturation temperature decreases. Additionally, applying helical coils within wider ranges of mass velocities can be justified at lower values of tube (≤8.3 mm) and coil diameters (≤200 mm), saturation temperatures (≤40 °C), and vapor quality (≤0.6), and at higher values of wall heat flux (≥15 kW/m2). These results substantiate that employing helical coils in lieu of straight tubes is not justifiable always (for all flow and geometrical conditions) although they are of superior heat transfer performance compared to straight tubes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.tsep.2021.100914
Uncontrolled keywords: Entropy generation; R134a flow condensation; Helical coils; Performance evaluation; Heat transfer enhancement
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA901 Mechanics of deformable bodies, fluid mechanics
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Mahmood Shafiee
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 12:52 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2021 08:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87396 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Shafiee, Mahmood: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6122-5719
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