Heat transfer augmentation for the flow of highly viscous fluids in tubes using cross trapezoid wave tape inserts

He Lu, Dongsheng Zhu, Zhonglei Fan, Shengwei Wang

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The development and heat transfer augmentation mechanism of a new type cross trapezoid wave tape (CTWT) insert was introduced. Experiments were conducted to evaluate the heat transfer, pressure drop, and fouling characteristics of CTWT inserts for heating of polymer resin and heavy oil, respectively. A 60-120% increase in heat transfer efficiency was achieved, accompanied by a 100% increase in pressure drop over comparable empty tubes. It was also found that CTWT inserts could beneficially reduce the fouling of tubes. Correlations for overall heat transfer coefficient, Nusselt number, and friction factor were derived from the experimental data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-377
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Enhanced Heat Transfer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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