Condensation heat transer, flat tube, aspect ratio
In this study, condensation heat transfer coefficients of R-410A were obtained in flattened stainless tubes made from 5.0 mm inner diameter round tubes. The test range covered saturation temperature 45℃, heat flux 10 kW/m2, mass flux 100~400 kg/m2s and quality 0.2~0.8. Results showed the effect of aspect ratio on condensation heat transfer coefficient was dependent on the flow pattern. For annular flow, the heat transfer coefficient increased as the aspect ratio increased. For stratified flow, however, the reverse was true. The pressure drop increased as aspect ratio increased. Existing correlations adequately predicted the heat transfer coefficients and pressure drops of the flattened tubes.