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Topic: Re: How do you calculate the heat transfer area of a finned tube heat exchanger?

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Calculation of the finned tube outside heat transfer coefficient is discussed in Chapter 2 of “Process Heat Transfer” by Hewitt, Shires & Bott. 
Utilizing the individual film coefficients, conduction resistances and appropriate area terms, one can calculate an overall heat transfer coefficient based on the extended area of the exchangers. The reference also provides a number of examples.