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Vortically Enhanced Heat Transfer and Mixing: State of the Art and Recent Results

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Akram Ghanem, Thierry Lemenand, Hassan Peerhossaini

Laboratoire de Thermocinétique, LTN, Nantes, France

Dominique Della Valle

ONIRIS, Nantes, France

Charbel Habchi

Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon

Paper No. HT2012-58045, pp. 21-30; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer Enhancement for Practical Applications; Fire and Combustion; Multi-Phase Systems; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Low Temperature Heat Transfer; Computational Heat Transfer
  • Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, USA, July 8–12, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4478-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Longitudinal and transverse pressure-driven vortices induced by shear instabilities behind vortex generators play a crucial role in convective transport phenomena. The proven influence of these turbulence promoters on heat and mass transfer enhancement has led to their incorporation in modern multifunctional heat exchangers/reactors. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate experimentally the effects of hydrodynamics on the transfer processes accompanying such flows. The high-efficiency vortex (HEV) is an innovative static mixer and a low-energy-consumption heat exchanger designed to exploit these types of vortices. Results obtained in turbulent flow with embedded vorticity in an HEV static mixer are compared with numerical results in the literature. Both numerical and experimental results confirm the high energy efficiency of the HEV static mixer flow.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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