A nonlinear inverse design problem for a pipe type heat exchanger equipped with internal z-shape lateral fins and ribs

Cheng Hung Huang, Chih Yang Kuo

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摘要

A non-linear three-dimensional inverse shape design problem was investigated for a pipe type heat exchanger to estimate the design variables of continuous lateral ribs on internal Z-shape lateral fins for maximum thermal performance factor η. The design variables were considered as the positions, heights, and number of ribs while the physical properties of air were considered as a polynomial function of temperature; this makes the problem non-linear. The direct problem was solved using software package CFD-ACE+, and the Levenberg-Marquardt method (LMM) was utilized as the optimization tool because it has been proven to be a powerful algorithm for solving inverse problems. Z-shape lateral fins were found to be the best thermal performance among Z-shape, S-shape, and V-shape lateral fins. The objective of this study was to include continuous lateral ribs to Z-shape lateral fins to further improve η. Firstly, the numerical solutions of direct problem were solved using both polynomial and constant air properties and then compared with the corrected solutions to verify the necessity for using polynomial air properties. Then, four design cases, A, B, C and D, based on various design variables were conducted numerically, and the resultant η values were computed and compared. The results revealed that considering continuous lateral ribs on the surface of Z-shape lateral fins can indeed improve η value at the design working condition Re = 5000. η values of designs A, B and C were approximately 13% higher than that for Z-shape lateral fins, however, when the rib numbers were increased, i.e., design D, the value of η became only 11.5% higher. This implies that more ribs will not guarantee higher η value.

原文English
文章編號6424
期刊Energies
13
發行號23
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2020 十二月 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 可再生能源、永續發展與環境
  • 燃料技術
  • 能源工程與電力技術
  • 能源(雜項)
  • 控制和優化
  • 電氣與電子工程

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