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[en] Highlights: • Study of HCs and Freon as TPCT working fluids for renewable energy applications. • Experimental performances of TPCTs were studied with eight working fluids. • R245fa/R152a, R600a, and R1234ze were recommended as substitutes for R134a. • Suitability of typical HTC correlations were analysed for the TPCT working fluids. • A simplified Rohsenow correlation was developed to further improve accuracy. - Abstract: Two-phase closed thermosyphons (TPCTs) are simple, efficient, and low cost heat exchangers. They have been explored for use in the renewable energy resource utilization marker and low grade thermal energy heat recovery systems. Freon R134a has been extensively used in refrigeration systems and researched as a working fluid of TPCTs; however; it has high global warming potential and operating pressure. In this paper, an experimental investigation of the performance of TPCTs charged with eight working fluids: R134a, R601, R245fa, R600a, R1234ze, R152a, R245fa/R152a, and R601/R245fa have been carried out. The experimental results showed that R245fa/R152a offered the best performance in maximum heat transfer rate. R134a outperformed the other pure working fluids, while R600a and R1234ze had close performances to that of R134a. R245fa showed marginal improvement at higher operating temperatures. The predictions of six evaporation heat transfer coefficients (HTCs) correlations, including Imura, Shiraishi, Labuntsov, Kutateladze, Cooper, and Rohsenow were compared with the experimental results. In the five constant coefficients and powers correlations, the Shiraishi and Cooper correlations had superior accuracy. The coefficients and powers of the Rohsenow correlations fitted based on the experimental data, while they had the best accuracy. Nusselt and Hashimoto-Kaminaga correlations were chosen to predict the condensation HTCs. Both of them tend to over-predict the condensation HTCs in low heat fluxes while under-predicting in high heat fluxes. The experimental results had greater agreement with Hashimoto and Kaminaga correlations.
[en] Highlights: • A SINDA/FLUINT simulation model of a TPCT charged with R245fa was established. • Good agreement was achieved between simulation model and experimental results. • The effects of relevant factors were investigated on performances of the TPCT. • Performances of the large scale TPCTs were investigated by the developed model. - Abstract: Two-phase closed thermosyphons (TPCTs) are simple and efficient heat exchangers. They have been explored for use in the renewable energy resource utilization marker and low grade thermal energy heat recovery systems. A transient simulation model for a TPCT was established by SINDA/FLUINT with low global warming potential Freon R245fa as working fluid. The TPCT was manufactured from a 40 mm inner diameter (Di), 3 m long smooth copper tube with a wall thickness of 2 mm. It consists of the evaporator, adiabatic and condenser sections with 1 m long for each section. The evaporator section was immersed in a water bath and the condenser section was cooled by recycled water. The effects of water bath temperature Tb and inlet temperature of cooling water Tcw,i were investigated by experimental and simulation methods. The results show the heat transfer rate Q and overall heat transfer coefficient U increase with the increase of Tb, and the decrease of Tcw,i. Good agreement between experimental and simulation results confirms the model is accurate and reliable. The influence of filling ratio (FR) and Di on the performance of TPCT was also investigated. The optimum FR for Di of 30 mm, 40 mm and 50 mm are 15%, 15% and 25% respectively. Moreover performances of 60–150 m long TPCTs were investigated based on the developed model.