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A Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Model of a Concentric-Tubes Heat Exchanger

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Claudia Ruiz-Mercado, Arturo Pacheco-Vega, Elvia Palacios

Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, SLP, México

Paper No. IMECE2008-69013, pp. 1439-1446; 8 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B, and C
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4871-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


In the present study we develop a Takagi-Sugeno (TS) fuzzy model of a concentric-tubes heat exchanger. The model is structured on fuzzy logic reasoning with sets of linguistic rules describing the dynamic characteristics of the thermal system. Using a system identification technique based on adaptive neural networks, the fuzzy rules are derived from experimental data of the flow rates and fluid temperatures in the heat exchanger. The accuracy of the resulting model is assessed by predicting the time-dependent response of the outlet hot- and cold-water temperatures under a step-change in the mass flow rate of the cold fluid. The results indicate that the TS fuzzy model is able to estimate the behavior of the physical system with very little predicting errors. Upon the basis of this empirical model, in the near future we will report on a control strategy for the regulation and tracking of the outlet temperatures in the heat exchanger.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Heat exchangers



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