PERIODICALLY CONVERGING-DIVERGING TUBES AND THEIR TURBULENT HEAT TRANSFER, PRESSURE DROP, FLUID FLOW, AND ENHANCEMENT CHARACTERISTICS.

P. Souza Mendes, E. M. Sparrow

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Abstract

A comprehensive experimental study was performed to determine entrance region and fully developed heat transfer coefficients, pressure distributions and friction factors, and patterns of fluid flow in periodically converging and diverging tubes. The investigated tubes consisted of a succession of alternately converging and diverging conical sections (i.e., modules) placed end to end. Systematic variations were made in the Reynolds number, the taper angle of the converging and diverging modules, and the module aspect ratio. Flow visualizations were performed using the oil lampblack technique. A performance analysis comparing periodic tubes and conventional straight tubes was made using the experimentally determined heat transfer coefficients and friction factors as input. The findings indicate that periodic converging diverging tubes possess favourable enhancement characteristics. (from authors' abstract)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
JournalTRANS. ASME J. HEAT TRANSFER
Volume106
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1984

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