The corrugation channels of plate heat exchangers enhance the heat transfer and complicate the prediction of heat transfer coefficients and frictional pressure drop. This paper reviews the heat transfer and frictional pressure drop correlations for condensation in plate heat exchangers, and classifies the correlations into basic forms. An experimental database is developed including the data of HFCs, hydrocarbons, HFOs and CO 2 . The mass fluxes are in the range of 2–150 kg·m −2 ·s −1 . The chevron angles and hydraulic diameters are distributed in 25.7°–70° and 3.23–8.08 mm. The saturated temperatures are −34.4 to 72.1 °C, while the reduced pressures are from 0.03 to 0.49. Eight heat transfer correlations are assessed with the database. The correlation of Longo et al.  predicts the experimental data best, while the correlation of Kuo et al.  shows the second best performance. Six frictional pressure drop correlations are compared with the database. The prediction of frictional pressure drop is relatively poor, and a new correlation is developed using multi-variable regression analysis with non-dimensional numbers. This new correlation predicts 87.5% of the experimental data within ±50%.
|Journal||International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Condensation heat transfer
- Multi-variable regression analysis
- Plate heat exchangers
- Two-phase frictional pressure drop