In-tube heat transfer and pressure drop of R-134a and ester lubricant mixtures in a smooth tube and a micro-fin tube: part I - evaporation Conference Paper uri icon


  • In-tube heat transfer coefficients and pressure drops during evaporation are reported for mixtures of refrigerant R-134a and a penta erythritol ester mixed-acid lubricant. The ester lubricant was tested at viscosities of 169 SUS and 369 SUS over a lubricant concentration range of 0% to 5% in both a smooth tube and a micro-fin tube. Heat transfer coefficients increased at low concentrations of the 169-SUS ester lubricant and then dropped off at high lubricant concentrations in both the smooth tube and the micro-fin tube. The higher viscosity 369-SUS lubricant decreased the heat transfer coefficients in both tubes over the range of lubricant concentrations tested. Pressure drops increased in both the smooth tube and the micro-fin tube with the addition of ester lubricant of either viscosity.

published proceedings

  • ASHRAE Transactions

author list (cited authors)

  • Eckels, S. J., Doerr, T. M., & Pate, M. B.

complete list of authors

  • Eckels, SJ||Doerr, TM||Pate, MB

publication date

  • December 1994