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Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop in a Helically Coiled Rectangular Duct

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V. Kadambi

Corporate Research and Development, General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY 12301

E. K. Levy, S. Neti

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18017

J. Heat Transfer 108(2), 343-349 (May 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3246927 History: Received March 16, 1984; Online October 20, 2009

Abstract

The present paper deals with experiments using air in three helically coiled rectangular ducts of mean diameters 12.7 cm, 17.8 cm, and 22.8 cm, respectively, made of rectangular wave-guide tubing of dimensions 1.27 cm × 0.64 cm. Pressure variations observed around the ducts were qualitatively in agreement with the expectations for secondary flow. The friction factors change gradually with increasing Reynolds numbers over the range 1200–10,000 without exhibiting a sudden transition from laminar flow to turbulence. At all Reynolds numbers, these are higher than those for a straight duct by 20–100 percent. The heat transfer coefficient is also higher than that for straight ducts ranging between 20–300 percent, depending on the Reynolds number. The largest increases are seen in the Reynolds number range 1200–2500.

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