Theoretical modeling of ice formation using direct contact heat exchange

David S. Chau, Patrick E. Phelan, Byard D. Wood

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Abstract

Theoretical modeling of a column type of direct contact heat exchanger was performed to predict the refrigerant evaporation and ice formation processes. There are a number of factors influencing the heat transfer rate-dependent evaporation of refrigerant and formation of ice. Among these are the size of the refrigerant droplets as injected, the local temperature and pressure, the heat transfer coefficient, and the temperature difference between the fluids. Differential equations are written for a general location in the flow, which express the conservation of energy and mass for the various species in the multiphase flow. The equations are solved stepwise from the initial injection location of the refrigerant to the location at which the entire refrigerant has become vapor. The theoretical modeling of the refrigerant evaporation and ice crystal growth processes is performed to determine the refrigerant bubble growth rate and the ice crystal growth rate in order to predict the refrigerant evaporation time and the size of the ice crystals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Enhanced Heat Transfer
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages119-126
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780791819067
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2000 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2000 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2000Nov 10 2000

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)
Volume2000-E

Conference

ConferenceASME 2000 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period11/5/0011/10/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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