A method to reduce the flow depth of a plate heat exchanger without a loss of heat transfer performance

Title
A method to reduce the flow depth of a plate heat exchanger without a loss of heat transfer performance
Authors
송귀은이주현이대영
Keywords
plate heat exchanger; scailing rule; compactness; finned channel; Optimum configuration; Flow depth; Scaling rule
Issue Date
2012-05
Publisher
International journal of heat and mass transfer
Citation
VOL 55, NO 11-12, 2992-2998
Abstract
With the aim of improving heat exchanger compactness, this study investigates how the optimum configuration of an air–liquid plate heat exchanger changes as the heat exchanger depth decreases. In this respect, optimization of an air–liquid plate heat exchanger with a given frontal area and a given depth is achieved. The optimum fin pitch and plate pitch are obtained to maximize the heat transfer rate based on heat transfer and pressure loss correlations in finned channels. Then, the focus of this study is placed on how the optimum channel configuration changes when the heat exchanger depth decreases for compactness. The results illustrate that the heat transfer performance can remain unchanged if the geometric parameters, such as the plate thickness, the plate pitch, the fin thickness, and the fin pitch, are reduced proportionally to the square root of the flow depth reduction given that the flow remains laminar. This finding is arranged into a simple scaling rule to obtain the configuration of a more compact heat exchanger from an existing configuration. In addition, the scaling arguments are extended to practical situations where the fin thickness and the plate thickness are not properly reduced following the scaling rule due to limitations on available material thicknesses.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/44661
ISSN
00179310
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