Single phase, Pressure drop, Header, Correlation
This paper presents the investigation of the pressure drop in headers and development of correlation for pressure loss coefficient for single phase flow through round cylindrical headers of parallel MCHXs. The working fluid was compressed air flowing through header with 1 - 20 m/s based on smallest cross section while the velocity through micro-channels was in the range 6 - 30 m/s. The experimental results indicate that the pressure loss coefficient of inlet header is a linear function of the ratio of velocities through micro-channel tube and header, except for the first two micro-channel tubes; the pressure loss coefficient of outlet header is a quadratic function of the ratio of velocities through micro-channel tube and header, and decreases as the velocities through upstream micro-channel tubes increase. Correlations for predicting pressure drop of inlet header and outlet header are developed and agreement for 98% of experimental data is within a ±15 Pa.