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Practical Application of a Compact, High-Effectiveness, Gas-To-Gas, Compound Recuperator With Liquid Intermediary (CRLI)

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F. David Doty, Siddarth Shevgoor, John Staab

Doty Scientific, Inc., Columbia, SC

Paper No. HT2009-88372, pp. 667-673; 7 pages
  • ASME 2009 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the InterPACK09 and 3rd Energy Sustainability Conferences
  • Volume 1: Heat Transfer in Energy Systems; Thermophysical Properties; Heat Transfer Equipment; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 19–23, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4356-7 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3851-8
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Gas-to-gas recuperation with both high thermal effectiveness and order-of-magnitude improvement in cost effectiveness is critical to addressing global energy needs, especially via fuel synthesis from waste CO2 and renewable H2 . An uncommon compound recuperator with liquid intermediary (CRLI ) has been simulated for high-ε heat exchange between a first shell-side gas stream and a second shell-side gas stream of similar thermal capacity rates (W/K). The compound recuperator uses a first Gas-to-Liquid (GL ) recuperator for a nearly complete transfer of available energy from a shell-side gas to an intermediary tube-side heat transfer liquid (HTL ), followed by a second GL recuperator to transfer the heat from the liquid intermediary to the second gas stream. Each GL recuperator resembles an arrangement of thermally isolated, serially connected, adjacent, cross-flow, finned-tube cores, such as used in AC condensers. They are arranged so to effectively achieve counterflow exchange between the HTL and the shell-side gas stream. The HTL may be water, an organic liquid, a molten alloy, or a molten salt. Minimization of exergy destruction for the case where there is a substantial temperature difference between the hot and cold sources requires (1) a fairly large number of series connected, thermally isolated cores, (2) similar thermal capacity rates in all three streams (the two gases and the liquid intermediary), (3) a relatively large value for the number of transfer units (NTU ), and (4) no phase change. The simulations show that the optimized CRLI recuperator can achieve effectiveness above 97% at very low pumping losses and has the potential for order-of-magnitude reduction in manufacturing costs compared to current technologies for clean gases at pressures above 0.3 MPa at heat transfer rates above ∼200 kW.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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