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On the Heat Transfer Enhancement of Plate Fin Heat Exchanger

Version 1 : Received: 21 April 2018 / Approved: 24 April 2018 / Online: 24 April 2018 (04:31:45 CEST)

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Xue, Y.; Ge, Z.; Du, X.; Yang, L. On the Heat Transfer Enhancement of Plate Fin Heat Exchanger. Energies 2018, 11, 1398. Xue, Y.; Ge, Z.; Du, X.; Yang, L. On the Heat Transfer Enhancement of Plate Fin Heat Exchanger. Energies 2018, 11, 1398.

Journal reference: Energies 2018, 11, 1398
DOI: 10.3390/en11061398

Abstract

The plate fin heat exchanger is the compact heat exchanger applied in many industries because of its high thermal performance. To enhance the heat transfer of plate fin heat exchanger in further, three new kinds of wavy plate fins, namely perforated wavy fin, staggered wavy fin and discontinuous wavy fin are proposed and investigated by CFD simulations. The effects of key design parameters, including that of waviness aspect ratios, perforation diameters, stagger ratios and breaking distance are investigated, respectively, with the Reynolds number changes from 500 to 4500. It is found that due to the swirl flow and efficient mixing of fluid, the perforation, serration and breaking techniques are beneficial for the enhancement of heat transfer compared to the traditional wavy fin. At the same time, serration is beneficial to reduce the friction factor, and the breaking technique can reduce heat transfer area as well as enhance heat transfer performance. Through the performance evaluation criteria, the staggered wavy fin has an advantage over the small waviness aspect ratio compared to the perforated wavy fin. The maximum performance evaluation criteria (PEC), as high as 1.24, can be obtained for the perforated wavy fin at the largest waviness aspect ratio.

Subject Areas

staggered wavy fin; perforated wavy fin; discontinuous wavy fin; heat transfer enhancement

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