Author : Ammar.A.Hussain.A.AL-taee,
Engineering and Technology Journal,
2013, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 172-196
This work presents an experimental study of the heat transfer coefficients of shell and helically coiled tube heat exchangers. Three heat exchangers with different coil pitches were tested for both parallel-flow and counter-flow arrangement. Water is used as working fluids in shell side and tube side. The study is conducted at the hot water mass flow rates ranging between (0.02 - 0.12) kg/s while cold water is kept constant at (0.055 kg/s). The range of inlet temperatures of cold and hot water are (19 - 28 °C), and (50 - 80 °C), respectively. All experiments were performed at the Dean Number for coiled side range of (3803 - 12117). The work is performed to evaluate the influence of the tube diameter, coil pitch, shell-side and tube-side mass flow rate, and inlet temperatures of tube-side over the axial temperature distribution of heat exchanger, effectiveness, modified effectiveness and heat transfer coefficient. The evaluating has been performed for the steady-state . The results indicate that the major effect on the axial temperature distribution of heat exchanger was the mass flow rate ratio (mr). Also the modified effectiveness decreased with increasing mass flow rate ratio. The main influence on the shell-side heat transfer coefficient was coil pitch. Develop an equation to correlate Nusselt Number as function of Reynolds Number, Prandtl Number, Dean Number and helical coil Number.