RESEARCH PAPERS: Forced Convection

Local Convective Behavior and Fin Efficiency in Shallow Banks of In-Line and Staggered, Annularly Finned Tubes

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S. P. Kearney, A. M. Jacobi

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801

J. Heat Transfer 118(2), 317-326 (May 01, 1996) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2825847 History: Received August 01, 1995; Revised February 01, 1996; Online December 05, 2007


Local mass transfer data for high-profile fins in the second row of in-line and staggered, circular-finned tubes are presented for Reynolds numbers from 5000 to 28,000 based on hydraulic diameter and velocity at the minimum flow area. The data, obtained using an optical adaptation of the naphthalene sublimation technique, show that local variations in heat transfer do not cause significant fin efficiency deviations from the analytical solution of Gardner (contrary to earlier reports). Average heat transfer and pressure drop data indicate that the thermal performance of the in-line arrangement is comparable to the staggered configuration.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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