Local convective behavior and fin efficiency in shallow banks of in-line and staggered, annularly finned tubes

S. P. Kearney, A. M. Jacobi

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Abstract

Local mass transfer data for high-profile fins in the second row of in-line and staggered, circular-finned tubes are presented for Reynolds numbers from 5000 to 28,000 based on hydraulic diameter and velocity at the minimum flow area. The data, obtained using an optical adaptation of the naphthalene sublimation technique, show that local variations in heat transfer do not cause significant fin efficiency deviations from the analytical solution of Gardner (contrary to earlier reports). Average heat transfer and pressure drop data indicate that the thermal performance of the in-line arrangement is comparable to the staggered configuration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Volume118
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1996

Keywords

  • Finned surfnces
  • Heat exchangers
  • Measurement techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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