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Topic: Re: How do I calculate the vessel side heat transfer coefficient?

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The recommended approach to calculating the vessel side heat transfer coefficient is to utilize the power input per unit volume. See J.R. Bourne, Buerli and Regenass published in Chemical Engineering Science (Vol. 36, pp 347-354, 1981).  If there is no agitation at all then it is best to calculate a natural convection film coefficient.  See Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, Chapter 5.