Developing Adiabatic Two Phase Flow in Headers - Distribution Issue in Parallel Flow Microchannel Heat Exchangers

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Heat exchangers with microchannels (hydraulic diameter less than 1 mm) are attracting significant attention lately. Performance of these heat exchangers mostly evaporators is greatly affected by imperfect distribution of a two-phase fluid to each channel. This paper presents an overview of the issue, showing basic options to evenly distribute single and two-phase fluid and the methods to determine maldistribution. Special attention is given to describing two-phase regimes in an adiabatic horizontal header with R134a as a fluid, describing a two-phase map with area of good distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalHeat Transfer Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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