Steam condensation on copper-enhanced tubes used in an absorption refrigeration system

Ho Seung Han, Cheol Hwan Kim, Nae Hyun Kim*

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For the condenser of an absorption refrigerator, many enhanced geometries (smooth, corrugated, notched, floral, etc.) have been developed and are used in the field. However, no quantitative condensation heat transfer data is available in the literature. In the present study, seven enhanced tubes (floral, notched, endcross, corrugated, endcross floral, notched floral, endcross corrugated) used for condensers of absorption refrigerators were tested at the saturation temperature 40C. Results showed that significant enhancements of condensation heat transfer were noted, especially for compound enhanced tubes. At the wall subcooling 2C, the enhancement was 133% for the endcross corrugated tube, 77% for the endcross floral tube, and 73% for the notched floral tube. Between the notched and endcross tubes, larger enhancement was obtained from the notched tube (62% vs. 43%). The corrugated tube also yielded a significant amount (51%) of enhancement. In general, compound enhanced tubes showed higher heat transfer coefficients than single enhanced tubes. Of single enhancement geometries, three-dimensional shapes (notch, endcross) yielded higher enhancements than the floral shape and yielded approximately equal enhancements to the corrugated shape.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Enhanced Heat Transfer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Absorption
  • Compound enhancement
  • Enhanced tube
  • Heat transfer enhancement
  • Steam condensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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