Dropwise condensation of steam on a small tube bundle at turbine condenser conditions

David Archibald McNeil, Bryce Burnside, G. Cuthbertson

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Application of dropwise condensation to utility turbine condensers is investigated by comparing the thermal performance of dropwise and filmwise bundles at industrially relevant conditions. Steam and steam-air mixtures were condensed on bundles of in-line, titanium tubes. The row-by-row heat transfer coefficients are presented against bundle position. They show the expected behavior for filmwise condensation but demonstrate a different one for dropwise. In air-free steam, the dropwise heat transfer coefficients are much larger and do not vary significantly with bundle position. In air-steam mixtures the dropwise values decrease similarly to their filmwise equivalents. The findings are in accord with those found for other geometries. The findings indicate that significant reductions in condenser size can be obtained if permanent dropwise condensation can be produced at industrially relevant conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-105
Number of pages17
JournalExperimental Heat Transfer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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