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Condensate retention as a function of condensate flow rate on horizontal enhanced pin-fin tubes

ABSTRACT
The extent of condensate flooding as a function of condensate flow rate is measured on six horizontal pin-fin tubes (varying in circumferential pin-16 spacing) via simulated experimentation. Surface tension to density ratio is tested using three fluids namely water, ethylene glycol and R-141b. Results show that flooding was strongly effected by changing the condensate flow rate. An increase in flow rate caused a marginal decrease in flooding angle (an angle extracted from top of the test tube to the fully flooded flank). Similarly, circumferential pin-spacing also effected the retention angle and the effect goes on increasing by decreasing the surface tension to density ratio.
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PAPER SUBMITTED: 2017-11-29
PAPER REVISED: 2018-05-16
PAPER ACCEPTED: 2018-05-19
PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2018-06-03
DOI REFERENCE: https://doi.org/10.2298/TSCI171129161A
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