Comparative evaluation of the evaporation heat transfer characteristics of a low-GWP refrigerant R-1234ze(E) between shell-and-plate and plate heat exchangers

Chang Uk Jo, Dong Chan Lee, Hyun Joon Chung, Yubi Kang, Yongchan Kim

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Abstract

In this study, the evaporation heat transfer characteristics of R-1234ze(E) in a shell-and-plate heat exchanger (SPHE) and plate heat exchanger (PHE) are measured and analyzed by varying the mass flux, saturation temperature, heat flux, and vapor quality. The evaporation heat transfer coefficients of the SPHE and PHE are highly affected by the mass flux, but are hardly influenced by the saturation temperature. The evaporation heat transfer coefficient of the PHE decreases rapidly at high vapor qualities due to dry-out, while that of the SPHE remains constant even at high vapor qualities due to a large liquid pool. The two-phase frictional pressure drops in the SPHE and PHE are strongly influenced by the mass flux and saturation temperature. In addition, the heat transfer characteristics of R-1234ze(E) in the SPHE and PHE are compared in terms of the enhancement and penalty factors. Furthermore, empirical correlations of the Nusselt number and two-phase friction factor are developed using dimensionless parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number119598
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume153
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun

Keywords

  • Evaporation heat transfer
  • Plate heat exchanger
  • R-1234ze(E)
  • Shell-and-plate heat exchanger
  • Two-phase pressure drop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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