Modeling of heat transfer coefficient for upward no-phase-change two-phase flow in inclined pipes

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Original languageEnglish
Article number114921
Journal / PublicationApplied Thermal Engineering
Online published9 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes


This study aims at developing a robust and theoretically-supported correlation of two-phase heat transfer coefficient for upward no-phase-change two-phase flow in inclined pipes based on the concept of extended Chilton-Colburn analogy. Firstly, a comprehensive literature survey was conducted to gather over 1800 experimental data and 12 correlations of two-phase heat transfer coefficient. The comparison results indicated that none of the existing correlations could predict the entire database satisfactorily. Then, the dependence of two-phase heat transfer enhancement ratio (or two-phase heat transfer multiplier) on liquid fraction, two-phase pressure drop multiplier and inclination angle was analysed, and the two-phase heat transfer coefficient correlation was developed. The performance assessment indicated that the newly-developed correlation could predict 95% of the experimental data within ± 30% error with the mean absolute relative deviation of 12.9%. The newly-developed semi-theoretical correlation would be useful in designing no-phase-change two-phase heat transfer systems, such as petroleum pipelines and nuclear power plants.

Research Area(s)

  • Chilton-Colburn analogy, Heat transfer coefficient, Inclined pipe, No-phase-change two-phase flow, Nusselt number