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Experimental studies on parallel wavy channel heat exchangers with varying channel inclination angles

Singh, Naznil and Sivan, Rajneel and Sotoa, Manuialouolaga and Faizal, Mohammed and Ahmed, Mohammed R. (2016) Experimental studies on parallel wavy channel heat exchangers with varying channel inclination angles. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 75 . pp. 173-182. ISSN 0894-1777

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Experimental studies were performed on corrugated plate heat exchangers. The corrugated plates’ channel inclination angles for the parallel plates were varied from 0deg to 80deg in increments of 20deg in order to experimentally determine the configuration with the optimum heat transfer rate. The channel spacing was kept constant. The media used in both the hot and the cold channels were water. The temperatures of the two media between which heat was exchanged were 25.4 C for cold water and 38 C for hot water. The flow in the heat exchangers was parallel with both the fluids entering from the same side. The flow rate of the hot water was kept constant while that of the cold water was varied. The heat exchangers consisted of ten channels, five for hot water and five for cold water. It was found that the rate of heat transfer increases for all the plate inclination angles as the flow rate of cold water is increased. The overall heat transfer coefficient was observed to be the highest for the 20deg inclination angle. The low flow rates of the hot and cold fluids make it a unique study, as the two fluids get more time for heat transfer. The 20deg channel inclination angle also has the highest average thermal length. Based on the results, correlations between Nusselt number and Reynolds number were developed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heat transfer; Wavy channel heat exchanger; Channel inclination angle; Heat transfer correlations
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
Depositing User: M. Rafiuddin Ahmed
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 00:09
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2017 01:05

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