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The correct prediction of the heat transfer performance of the boiling liquid within the evaporator of a refrigeration unit is one of the essential features for the successful operation of the whole unit. There are many correlations available in the literature for the prediction of boiling heat transfer coefficient of pure components. Eight heat transfer pool-boiling correlations that are well known in the literature have been selected and their prediction accuracy has been assessed against experimental data of ammonia available in the literature. The analysis concludes that within the investigated ranges of boiling conditions, the Kruzhilin, Kutateladze, Labuntsov, Mostinski nucleate pool-boiling correlations are the most accurate among those assessed.
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