An Analytical and Experimental Study of Falling-Film Evaporation on a Horizontal Tube

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M.-C. Chyu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409

A. E. Bergles

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590

J. Heat Transfer 109(4), 983-990 (Nov 01, 1987) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3248214 History: Received May 05, 1986; Online October 20, 2009


Heat transfer for saturated falling-film evaporation on a horizontal smooth tube has been studied through analysis and experimentation to investigate the effects of film flow rate, liquid feed height, and wall superheat. Two models have been proposed, both based upon three defined heat transfer regions: the jet impingement region, the thermal developing region, and the fully developed region. The model that uses an experimental correlation for heat transfer in the fully developed region compares favorably with experimental data and other predictions reported for the case where the liquid feed is in a sheet.

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