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Aerothermal Management of Vehicle Heat Exchangers: Parametric Analysis

[+] Author Affiliations
Mahmoud Khaled, Hisham El Hage

Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon

Ahmed El Marakbi

University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK

Fabien Harambat

PSA Peugeot Citroën, Vélizy Villacoublay, France

Hassan Peerhossaini

Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France

Paper No. FEDSM2013-16148, pp. V01CT19A002; 12 pages
  • ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 1C, Symposia: Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flows; Industrial and Environmental Applications of Fluid Mechanics; Issues and Perspectives in Automotive Flows; Liquid-Solids Flows; Multiscale Methods for Multiphase Flow; Noninvasive Measurements in Single and Multiphase Flows; Numerical Methods for Multiphase Flow; Transport Phenomena in Energy Conversion From Clean and Sustainable Resources; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing Processes; Transport Phenomena in Mixing; Turbulent Flows: Issues and Perspectives
  • Incline Village, Nevada, USA, July 7–11, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5556-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper presents a numerical analysis focused on the relation between non-uniformities in flow velocity and temperature distributions upstream of heat exchangers and their thermal performance. For this purpose, a two-dimensional computation code is developed to compute thermal performance, knowing the air flow velocity distribution upstream of an air-liquid heat exchanger, the heat exchanger liquid flow rate and the air and liquid inlet temperatures. A parametric analysis is then presented of the relation between the thermal performance of the heat exchanger and the different parameters above. It is found that non-uniformities in air velocity and water flow distributions can decrease the thermal performance of a heat exchanger from 33 to 42%. However, non-uniformity in the air temperature distribution can increase thermal performance by up to 5%.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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