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Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer
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ISSN Print: 1065-5131
ISSN Online: 1563-5074

Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer

DOI: 10.1615/JEnhHeatTransf.v2.i1-2.170
pages 157-166

The Effect of Fouling on Enhanced Heat Transfer Equipment

Arthur E. Bergles
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
E. F. C. Somerscales
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY


Fouling is shown to have a significant effect on the performance of enhanced surfaces. Fouling is discussed as it occurs in single-phase flow in condensers and similar systems, pool boiling (precipitation fouling and refrigerant/oil mixtures), and flow boiling (magnetite deposits and refrigerant/oil mixtures). It is concluded that fouled enhanced tubes are still superior to fouled plain tubes.