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Title: Numerical investigation of transfer coefficients of an evaporatively-cooled condenser
Authors: Jahangeer, K.A. 
Tay, A.A.O. 
Raisul Islam, M.
Keywords: Condensing temperature
Evaporatively-cooled condenser
Finite difference technique
Heat transfer coefficients
Water film thickness
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Citation: Jahangeer, K.A., Tay, A.A.O., Raisul Islam, M. (2011-07). Numerical investigation of transfer coefficients of an evaporatively-cooled condenser. Applied Thermal Engineering 31 (10) : 1655-1663. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Vapour compression cooling systems working in tropical climatic conditions make the compressor pressure-lift relatively high. The lowering of the condensing temperature will help reduce this lift, thereby reducing the power required by the compressor. The inclusion of water sprays or droplets in air-cooled condensers is a possible option for improving the performance of the condenser by reducing the temperature lift. This paper reports a numerical investigation of the heat transfer characteristics of an evaporatively-cooled condenser. A detailed model is developed and numerical simulations are carried out using finite difference techniques. The simulations are performed for a single unfinned tube of the condenser with the air flowing across the tube. Water is sprayed on top of the tube in the form of fine sprays and the flow rate is set to achieve film thicknesses of 0.075, 0.1, and 0.15 mm, respectively. The tube wall temperature is assumed constant due to the fact that for most of the tube length, condensation of the refrigerant occurs at the saturation temperature of the refrigerant. Wall to air overall heat transfer coefficient (U) value as high as 2000 W/m2 K is observed with the incorporation of the evaporative cooling. The numerical results are compared with available experimental and theoretical work and the agreement is found to be satisfactory. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Applied Thermal Engineering
ISSN: 13594311
DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2011.02.007
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