International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol.141, 1272-1287, 2019
Experimental study on condensation heat transfer of FC-72 in a narrow rectangular channel with ellipse-shape pin fins: Ground and microgravity experiments
A new type of three-dimensional pin-fin plate with elliptical cross-section was proposed. Condensation heat transfer of FC-72 in a narrow rectangular channel with the proposed pin fins was experimentally studied in normal gravity and microgravity. The effects of pin geometry, thermal conductivity, mass flow rate and gravity on condensation heat transfer were investigated. The visualization experiment under microgravity was carried out and the condensate behaviour was observed by high CCD camera. The results showed that all the elliptical pin-fin plates exhibited substantially better performance than the flat plate. The influence of pin geometry and thermal conductivity on condensation heat transfer coefficient was great. The smaller pin size and higher thermal conductivity were favourable for condensation enhancement. The average condensation heat transfer coefficient increased with the increase of mass flow rate. In microgravity, obvious fluctuations and climbs occurred in gas-liquid interface. However, the condensate behaviour on the condensing surface was unconspicuous. For unsteady state, the vapor-side temperature difference increased evidently in microgravity. Microgravity had a certain effect on temperature evolution of the condensing base. Short-term microgravity degraded the condensation heat transfer coefficient in quasi-steady state or unsteady state, but had little effect on pulsating state. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.