Heat transfer and fluid flow analysis in plate-fin and tube heat exchangers with a pair of block shape vortex generators

Jin Sheng Leu, Ying Hao Wu, Jiin-Yuh Jang

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Abstract

Numerical and experimental analyses were carried out to study the heat transfer and flow in the plate-fin and tube heat exchangers with inclined block shape vortex generators mounted behind the tubes. The effects of different span angles α (α=30°, 45° and 60°) are investigated in detail for the Reynolds number ranging from 400 to 3000. Numerical simulation was performed by a 3D turbulence analysis of the heat transfer and fluid flow. Experiments were carried out by an infrared thermovision and a water tunnel system, respectively, to visualize the temperature distribution and local flow structure. The results indicated that the proposed heat transfer enhancement technique is able to generate longitudinal vortices and to improve the heat transfer performance in the wake regions. The case of α=45° provides the best heat transfer augmentation. A reduction in fin area of 25% may be obtained if vortex generators embedded fins are used in place of plain fins at ReDh=500.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4327-4338
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume47
Issue number19-20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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