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Title: Flow patterns and heat transfer in a square cross-section micro condenser working at low mass fluxes
Authors: El Achkar, G
Miscevic, M
Lavieille, P
Lluc, J
Hugon, J
3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2011)
Keywords: Two-phase flow
Condensation
Micro channel
Square cross section
Flow patterns
Heat transfer
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: 3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, 22-24 August 2011
Abstract: Flow patterns and heat transfer in an air-cooled square cross-section micro condenser were investigated. The test section consisted of a borosilicate square micro channel, of inner and outer hydraulic diameters of 0.49 mm and 0.6 mm respectively, and a length of 100 mm. The transparent material of the micro channel allowed the visualization of the different condensation flow patterns. The imposed mass velocities were ranging between 1 and 10 kg m-2 s-1. In this range of mass fluxes, three main flow regimes were identified: Annular regime, intermittent regime, and spherical bubbles regime. Then, the isolated bubbles zone (the end of the intermittent zone + the spherical bubbles zone) was particularly studied. A specific experimental procedure was developed, basing on bubble tracking, in order to determine accurately the hydraulic and thermal parameters profiles in this zone according to the axial position in the micro channel, such as the vapour quality profile x(z). Thanks to energy balance, the liquid temperature profile Tl(z) in the isolated bubbles zone was determined for different initial values. A thermal non-equilibrium between the liquid and vapour phases was identified. Therefore, the latent heat flux was then quantified and compared to the total heat flux in this zone.
Description: This paper was presented at the 3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2011), which was held at the Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki in Greece. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Italian Union of Thermofluiddynamics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Thessaly, IPEM, the Process Intensification Network, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Heat Transfer Society, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group, and the Energy Institute.
Sponsorship: FNRAE (MATRAS) and the Microgravity Application Program of the European Space Agency
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/6745
ISBN: 978-1-902316-98-7
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