Local NH3 condensation in a plate heat exchanger

Xuan Tao, E. Dahlgren, Carlos Infante Ferreira

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The availability of open source experimental data of NH3 condensation within plate heat exchangers (PHEs) is very limited. This work attempts to extend the database. For this purpose step by step experiments are carried out in a setup capable of local measurements. Temperature sensors have been installed along a PHE to obtain the temperature profile. The local heat flux and the heat transfer coefficient (HTC) are then calculated from the energy balances. Condensation of NH3 has been investigated with varying vapor quality at different mass fluxes. The experimental results are compared with the heat transfer models developed for the condensation of NH3 in tubes and for the condensation of HFCs in PHEs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Refrigerants
Subtitle of host publicationNatural Refrigerant Solutions for Warm Climate Countries
EditorsJ.M. Corberán, A. Coronas-Salcedo, J. Gonzálvez-Maciá
PublisherInternational Institute of Refrigeration
ISBN (Electronic)9782362150265
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event13th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Refrigerants: Natural refrigerant solutions for warm climate countries - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 18 Jun 201820 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameIIR’s Refrigeration Science and Technology series


Conference13th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Refrigerants
Abbreviated titleGL2018


  • Condensation
  • Heat transfer
  • Local measurement
  • NH3
  • Plate heat exchanger


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