Convective boiling heat transfer coefficients and two-phase pressure drops of R410A are investigated in rectangular microchannels whose hydraulic diameters are 1.36 and 1.44 mm. The mass flux was varied from 200 to 400 kg/m2s, heat flux from 10 to 20 kW/m2, as the saturation temperatures were maintained at 0, 5 and 10°C. A direct heating method was used to provide heat flux into the fluid. The boiling heat transfer coefficients of R410A in the microchannels were much different with those in single tubes, and the test conditions only slightly affected the heat transfer coefficients before dryout vapor quality. The present heat transfer correlation for microchannels, which was developed by introducing non-dimensional parameters of Bo, Wel, and Rel used in the existing heat transfer correlations for large diameter tubes, yielded satisfactory predictions of the present data with a mean deviation of 18%. The pressure drops of R410A in the microchannels showed very similar trends with those in large diameter tubes. The existing two-phase pressure drop correlations for R410A in microchannels satisfactorily predicted the present data.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was jointly supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (Grant No. R01-2002-000-00481-0), and the Korea Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.
- Heat transfer
- Pressure drop
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Building and Construction
- Mechanical Engineering