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Experimental investigation of heat transfer coefficient and correlation development for subcooled flow boiling of water-ethanol mixture in conventional channel

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Suhas B.G

Research Scholar Mechanical Engineering department National Institute of Technology Karnataka Srinivasanagara, Surathkal, Mangalore Karnataka, India-575025
suhas_bg@yahoo.co.in

Sathyabhama A.

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering department National Institute of Technology Karnataka Srinivasanagara, Surathkal, Mangalore Karnataka, India-575025
bhama72@gmail.com

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036202 History: Received April 09, 2016; Revised January 21, 2017

Abstract

In this present work, bubble dynamics of subcooled flow boiling in water-ethanol mixture is investigated through visualization using a high speed camera in horizontal rectangular channels. The heat transfer coefficient of water-ethanol mixture during subcooled flow boiling is determined for various parameters like heat flux, mass flux, channel inlet temperature. The effect of bubble departure diameter on heat transfer coefficient is discussed. A correlation is developed for subcooled flow boiling Nusselt number of water-ethanol mixture. The parameters considered for correlation are grouped as dimensionless numbers by Buckingham p-theorem. It is found that the terms p_3=s_s/(?v^2 d_h ),p_4=h_fg/v^2 and p_5=q"/(?v^3 ) are the key factors because they contribute to reduce the mean absolute error (MAE). The term p_5=q"/(?v^3 ) is found to be more significant than p_3=s_s/(?v^2 d_h ) and p_4=h_fg/v^2 . The present correlation is compared with the experimental data. The MAE of Nusselt number of water-ethanol mixture calculated from the experimental data and those predicted from the present correlation is 10.39%. The present correlation is also compared with the available literature correlations developed for water. The MAE of Nusselt number of water predicted from the present correlation and those predicted with Papel, Badiuzzaman, Moles-Shaw and Baburajan correlations is 41%, 19.61 %, 29.9 % and 43.1% respectively.

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