Heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of two phase flow in helical coils

Onal B. S., Kırkar Ş. M., Akgul D., Celen A., Açıkgöz Ö., Dalkılıç A. S., ...More

Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, vol.27, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tsep.2021.101143
  • Journal Name: Thermal Science and Engineering Progress
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Condensation, Boiling, Helical coils, Heat transfer coefficient, Heat transfer, Pressure drop, CONDENSATION, REFRIGERANT
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Elsevier LtdThis paper presents a review on heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop during condensation and boiling in helically coiled tubes. The geometric parameters such as coil diameter, coil pitch and operating parameters containing saturation temperature, system pressure, mass flux, heat flux and vapor quality have significant effects on the heat transfer characteristics. The frictional pressure drop during flow boiling increases with increasing vapor quality and mass flux, and decreases with increasing system pressure. Also, the effect of the curvature on the two-phase frictional multiplier is negligible. The frictional pressure drop in condensation increased with increasing average vapor quality and mass flux, and decreased with increasing saturation temperature. According to the results reported, heat flux had little effect on the pressure drop during condensation. Flow boiling heat transfer coefficient in helical coils of large diameter showed the similar characteristics and trend with the straight tube as the system pressure decreased. Lockhart-Martinelli parameter was generally preferred to be used by the authors as a function in the correlations to predict flow boiling heat transfer coefficient. There was a decrease in the average Nusselt number with increasing heat flux for the constant Dean number during condensation. This reduction in the average Nusselt number indicated that the turbulence effect created by the secondary flow in the helically coiled tubes eliminated the effects caused by the difference in density. The correlations used for determination of Nusselt number and pressure drop in helical coils with their major findings are presented in details.