Papers presented to the 11th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, South Africa, 20-23 July 2015.
The study is related to the evaluation of using 19 condensation heat transfer correlations in an annular finned horizontal round tube V-shaped air-cooled condenser design problem for a representative low-temperature waste heat recovery Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) case. The condensation is realized through cold air provided by the fan suction at a mass flow rate of 90,35 kg/s, whereas the working fluid mass flow rate is 7,8 kg/s. The considered condensation temperature is 40°C which corresponds to a saturation pressure of 1,17 bar. The ambient air is considered to be 15°C. The investigated working fluid is SES36. For a given set of geometrical constraints, an iterative condenser design model is implemented. All considered correlations are applied separately for the same boundary conditions. The design sensitivity on the overall heat transfer coefficient, total transferred heat, required fan power, air- and refrigerant-side pressure drops is assessed. By those means, the engineering error margin of using different calculation tools in designing air-cooled condensers for ORC is reported.