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Development of the heat transfer surfaces on the tube inside makes it very difficult or even impossible to determine the heat transfer coefficient analytically. This paper presents the experimental determination of the coefficient in an internally rifled tube with spiral ribs. The tests are carried out on a laboratory stand constructed at the Institute of Thermal Power Engineering of the Cracow University of Technology. The tube under analysis has found application in a supercritical circulating fluidized bed boiler. The heat transfer coefficient local values are determined for the Reynolds numbers included in the range of ~6000 to ~50000 and for three ranges of the heating elements power. As the medium flows through internally rifled tubes with spiral ribs, the heat transfer process gets intensified compared to similar processes taking place in smooth tubes. Based on the obtained experimental data, a correlation is developed enabling determination of the dimensionless Chilton-Colburn j factor. The equation form is selected so that a comparison with existing results of tests performed on rifled tubes can be made. Comparing the Nusselt number values calculated based on the developed correlation with those obtained using other correlations described in the literature, it can be observed that the criterial number is about twice higher. The research results confirm the thesis that the element internal geometry has a sub-stantial impact on the heat transfer process.
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THERMAL SCIENCE YEAR 2019, VOLUME 23, ISSUE Supplement 4, PAGES [S1163 - S1174]
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