Boiling of ammonia/lubricant mixture on a horizontal enhanced tube in a flooded evaporator with inlet vapor quality

J. Zheng, M. C. Chyu, Z. Ayub

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Abstract

In a flooded evaporator of an ammonia vapor-compression refrigeration system, boiling commonly takes place with ammonia mixed with compressor lubricant and subjected to a vapor quality at the inlet of the evaporator. In the present study, flooded boiling tests of ammonia on an enhanced tube under simultaneous influence of a miscible lubricant and inlet quality were conducted. The results suggest that the boiling heat transfer coefficient increases with both saturation temperature and heat flux. The coefficient slightly increases or does not significantly vary with the inlet quality. The coefficient in general is decreased by adding lubricant to the refrigerant, but the coefficient does not necessarily decrease as the lubricant concentration increases. The lubricant effect is generally more significant than the inlet quality effect. A correlation was developed based on the present data for flooded boiling of lubricant/ammonia mixture on an enhanced horizontal tube under the influence of inlet quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-572
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Ammonia
  • Enhanced surface
  • Experiment
  • Flooded evaporator
  • Heat transfer coefficient
  • Horizontal tube
  • Lubricant
  • Pool boiling
  • Refrigeration system

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