Frost on a circular tube.

Author(s) : YOON S., HAYASE G., CHO K.


This study measured frost pattern on a circular tube to propose empirical correlation equations for the local and average frost thickness, frost density and frost mass. The key parameters were diameter of the circular tube (7, 20 mm), cooling surface temperature of the circular tube, absolute humidity of air, air temperature and air velocity. A 50% ethylene glycol aqueous solution was applied as a coolant. The frost thicknesses at both front and rear were larger than those at the other parts, while they were increased as diameter of the circular tube was increased. The local frost thicknesses at high air velocity were more uniform than those at low air velocity. The values predicted by Kim et al. under the freezer condition showed larger by the maximum of 30-50% than the measured data under heat pump condition. The empirical correlations for the local and average frost thickness and frost mass were proposed. The correlation equations for the frost thickness and frost mass under the heat pump condition in the present study might predict more accurate than the other correlation equations. The proposed correlations might be applied for the freezer condition within the maximum 15% deviation from the previous correlations under freezer condition.

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  • Original title: Frost on a circular tube.
  • Record ID : 2009-1647
  • Languages: English
  • Source: ACRA-2009. The proceedings of the 4th Asian conference on refrigeration and air conditioning: May 20-22, 2009, Taipei, R.O.C.
  • Publication date: 2009/05/20


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