Study of heat-transfer characteristics on the fin of two-row plate finned-tube heat exchangers

Han-Taw Chen, Jian Rong Lai

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Abstract

The present study applies the experimental and numerical inverse methods to determine the average heat transfer coefficient h̄ and heat transfer coefficient under the isothermal situation h̄ iso on a vertical square fin of the two-row plate finned-tube heat exchangers with four circular tubes for the staggered arrangement and various air velocities and fin spacings. These tubes may not have the same temperature. The experimental fin temperature measurements, ambient air temperature and air velocity are obtained from the present small wind tunnel. Due to the non-uniform distribution of the heat transfer coefficient, the square plate fin is divided into several sub-fin regions before performing the inverse scheme, and the average heat transfer coefficient in each sub-fin region is assumed to be unknown. The results show that the h̄ and h̄ iso values increase with the air velocity and fin spacing for the staggered arrangement. In order to validate the reliability of the present results, the h̄ iso value is compared with the existing correlations for the staggered arrangement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4088-4095
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume55
Issue number15-16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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