Falling-film evaporation on horizontal tubes - A critical review

Gherhardt Ribatski, Anthony M. Jacobi

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A state-of-the-art review of horizontal-tube, falling film evaporation is presented; the review is critical, in an attempt to uncover strengths and weaknesses in prior research, with the overall purpose of clearly identifying gaps in our understanding. The review covers flow-pattern studies, and the experimental parameters that affect the heat transfer performance on plain single tubes, enhanced surfaces and tube bundles. In addition, this paper presents a comprehensive review of the significant efforts to develop mathematical models, and empirical correlations for the heat transfer coefficient. Emphasis is placed on studies that are related to refrigeration applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-653
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • Bundle
  • Correlation
  • Evaporation
  • Falling film
  • Finned tube
  • Heat transfer
  • Horizontal tube
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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