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Old   April 2, 2005, 05:20
Default how to analyze heat exchanger
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Bengonia.Boom8
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Hi all, I'm going to analyze a plated-fin fuel-oil cooler which is a heat exchanger for fuel and oil. Does anybody know some easy method to do it? I cannot use the porous material method because lack of some necessary data . The fin thickness is very small (about 0.006") compared to the fin pitch. If I mesh it , the mesh size will be very very large! Does anybody can give me some hints? Thanks! Bengonia.Boom8
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Old   April 2, 2005, 12:12
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Resolving the fin and plates is almost a impossible idea for the full heat-exchanger. Porosity modeling approach is the reasonable approach to model the overall pressure drop and heat transfer in tube bundle. You can generate the required data (basically pressure drop curve etc) by sub-modeling approach in CFD, if data is not available otherwise. Basically model flow between one fin thickness and generate the characteristics through CFD. Co-orelations can also be used to arrive at this basic data, if its available for your fpi, type of fin etc.
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Old   April 3, 2005, 08:14
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Hi Jitendra , thanks, you show me the way.
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Old   April 3, 2005, 18:24
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Glenn Horrocks
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Hi,

I might add that it depends on what you are trying to learn from the modelling. Are you trying to include the heat exhanger in a model of a larger system? In that case then yes, you almost certainly will have to model the heat exchanger in terms of gross performance correlations.

Alternately, if you are interested in the detailed flow inside the heat exchanger then you must model the internal detail of the HE.

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Old   April 3, 2005, 19:04
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Hi Glenn Horrocks , thanks, I'm going to compare the HE effectiveness for two different kinds of fuel in the fuel-oil cooler (same oil types). So I think I need to take part of the HE as my domain to realize the heat transfer mechanism.
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