Experimental correlation of falling film absorption heat transfer in micro-scale hatched tubes

Chan Woo Park, Sung Soo Kim, Hyun Churl Cho, Yong Tae Kang

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The objectives of this paper are to investigate the effect of surface roughness of micro-hatching tubes on the absorption performance and to develop an experimental correlation of Nusselt number as a function of the roughness. Two different micro-scale hatched tubes and a bare tube are tested to quantify the effect of the surface roughness on the absorption performance. The roughness of the micro-scale hatched tubes ranges 0.386-11.359 μm. The working fluid is H2O/LiBr solution with inlet concentration of 55, 58 and 61 wt.% of LiBr. The absorber heat exchanger consists of 24 horizontal tubes in a column, liquid distributor at the liquid inlet and the liquid reservoir at the bottom of the absorber. It was found that absorption performance of micro-hatching tubes was improved up to two times compared with the bare tube. An experimental correlation of Nusselt number was developed as a function of the film Reynolds number and the roughness with an error band of ±25%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)758-763
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Nov
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper was performed for the Carbon Dioxide Reduction & Sequestration Center, one of 21st Century Frontier R&D Programs funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea.


  • Absorption
  • Experiment
  • Falling film
  • Hatched tube
  • Heat transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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