Using Thermodynamic Availability to Predict the Transitional Film Reynolds Number between the Droplet and Jet Modes in Falling Liquid between Horizontal Tubes

Mina M.K. Mikhaeel, Anthony M. Jacobi

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to propose and validate a model for predicting the transitional film Reynolds number between the droplet and jet modes of falling film flows. The proposed model relies on thermodynamic availability with no fitting to mode transition data. The model directly predicts the numerical values of the transitional film Reynolds numbers at different operating conditions. The results of the model are validated against 43 experimental data points from the literature, which cover 10 working fluids and a wide range of tube geometries. The accuracy of the proposed model in predicting the validation data is -on average- more than 20 % better than that of the widely used Re=a(Ga)band Re=a(Ga)b(S/ξ)cmodels. The model also achieves low computation time (less than 30 seconds for the 43 validation data points). The model presented in this paper has the potential of integration with heat transfer, mass transfer, and pressure drop models for optimizing the design and operation of falling film heat and mass exchangers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number120557
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume164
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Availability
  • Droplet mode
  • Falling film
  • Jet mode
  • Mode transition
  • Reynolds number
  • Thermodynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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