Fundamental assessments and new enabling proposals for heat transfer correlations and flow regime maps for shear driven condensers in the annular/stratified regime

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Modern-day applications need mm-scale shear-driven flow condensers. Condenser designs need to ensure large heat transfer rates for a variety of flow conditions. For this, good estimates for heat-transfer rate correlations and correlations for the length of the annular regime (beyond which plug-slug flows typically occur) are needed. For confident use of existing correlations (particularly the more recent ones supported by large data sets) for shear-pressure driven internal condensing flows, there is a great need to relate the existing correlation development approaches to direct flow-physics based fundamental results from theory, computations, and experiments. This paper addresses this need for millimeter scale shear driven and annular condensing flows. In doing so, the paper proposes/compares a few new and reliable non-dimensional heat-transfer coefficient correlations as well as a key flow regime transition criteria/correlation.

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Publisher’s version of record: http://dergipark.ulakbim.gov.tr/thermal/article/view/5000118824

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Journal of Thermal Engineering