In this paper, a modification to the dominant flow criteria is presented for the study of heat transfer by confined condensation in Air Cooled Condenser (ACC) systems. The new methodology combines in one single procedure the analysis, which with the current methods requires tedious grouping processes. A new proposal reduces the average error by computing 22% in 88.7% of the available samples and includes the shear stress produced by the steam drag when it flows at speeds greater than 40 m/s. New method is also valid for a vapor quality located between 0.9 and steam flows between 3 and 590 kg/(m2/s-1), values for the Reynolds number for the liquid portion between 660 and 58 540 and the Reynolds number for the vapor portion located between 1 320 and 333 120, internal equivalent diameters of the tubes comprised between 7.4 to 49 mm.
flow criteria, condensation, deviation, heat transfer
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