Comparative evaluation of flow boiling heat transfer characteristics of R-1234ze(E) and R-134a in plate heat exchangers with different Chevron angles

Dongwoo Kim, Dong Chan Lee, Dong Soo Jang, Yongseok Jeon, Yong Chan Kim

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Abstract

In this study, the flow boiling heat transfer characteristics of R-1234ze(E) and R-134a in plate heat exchangers with different Chevron angles are measured and analyzed as a function of the mass flux, saturation temperature, vapor quality, and heat flux. The effect of the mass flux on the heat transfer and pressure drop of R-1234ze(E) is substantial. The heat transfer coefficient of R-1234ze(E) for a Chevron angle of 60° is approximately 3.7 times higher than that for a Chevron angle of 30° at high vapor qualities owing to the intensified turbulent flow. Moreover, for a Chevron angle of 60° the average heat transfer coefficient of R-1234ze(E) is on average 4.7% higher than that of R-134a due to its higher equivalent Reynolds number. However, the average pressure drop of R-1234ze(E) is higher than that of R-134a owing to the lower vapor density of R-1234ze(E). Finally, the correlations for the heat transfer and pressure drop of R-1234ze(E) are developed in the plate heat exchangers with different Chevron angles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-729
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Volume132
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 5

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Keywords

  • Heat transfer coefficient
  • Low GWP
  • Plate heat exchanger
  • Pressure drop
  • R-1234ze(E)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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