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Droplet Heating in a Direct-Contact Heat Exchanger: Effect of Electric Field

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Rajkumar Subramanian

Cummins, Inc.

Milind A. Jog

University of Cincinnati

Paper No. IMECE2005-79787, pp. 589-593; 5 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Part A
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4221-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Heat transfer between two immiscible fluids in a direct contact heat exchanger can be enhanced by the application of an electric field. In this paper, we have numerically modeled heat transfer to a spherical droplet translating in an immiscible medium with an applied electric field. The electric field induces circulatory motion inside and outside the droplet that results in increase in the rate of heat transport. The governing equations for both phases are solved simultaneously by a finite volume method. The external heat transfer problem is considered where the bulk of the resistance is assumed to be in the continuous phase. Effects of electric field strength and translational Reynolds number are investigated.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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