Due to the increasing concern about the global warming caused by the use of conventional refrigerants, new HFC/HFO blends are currently proposed to replace high-GWP substances. Most of them, however, present a considerable temperature glide that may negatively affect the nucleate boiling contribution to the heat transfer during evaporation. In this paper, flow boiling data of the new non-azeotropic mixtures R452A and R448A (carrying a high temperature glide of almost 5 °C) and of the conventional quasi-azeotropic blend R404A are provided in a horizontal stainless-steel tube having an internal diameter of 6.0 mm. For all the investigated fluids, the operating conditions explore mass fluxes from 150 to 600 kg/m2s, saturation temperatures from 25 to 55 °C and imposed heat fluxes from 10 to 40 kW/m2, in the whole range of vapor qualities. The nucleative boiling contribution is then isolated from the overall heat transfer coefficient data at disposal and the effect of the heat flux is discussed for both types of blends. Finally, the experimental values and trends are compared to different nucleate boiling correlations taken from literature and conceived for pure fluids, by testing some correction factors explicitly developed for high temperature glide substances.
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