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Simulated condensation has been conducted on three wire wrapped tubes having same root diameter but different fin spacing of 1.5 mm, 2 mm, and 2.5 mm. Different fluids (ethanol, ethylene-glycol, and water) are used for condensation by providing them to the tubes through tiny holes in inter-fin spacing on the top of the surface of tubes. The major parameters are to be controlled in this research are fin spacing, vapor velocity, condensate flow rate and ratio of surface tension density of the fluid. Obtained results show that flooding angle (calculated from the top of the tube to the level where fluid fills the fin) rises by increasing fin spacing. Also, retention angles increase by reducing ratio of surface tension density of fluid. Acute flooding angles at zero air velocity and zero flow rate, elevates by increasing air velocity. However, obtuse flooding angles at static conditions drop by reducing air velocity. An interesting result is obtained regarding retention angle which remains almost even for the higher condensation flow rates until the tube gets inundated with condensation. Moreover, critical flow rates for all the tubes against using different working fluids are measured. Results obtained for static conditions have good correspondence with already available authentic data for flooding angle. Pictures showing condensate retention angles have been included in this paper.
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THERMAL SCIENCE YEAR 2022, VOLUME 26, ISSUE Issue 1, PAGES [545 - 552]
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