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Flow and Heat Transfer From the Annular Fin Heat Exchanger Using Winglet Type Vortex Generators

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Basanta Kumar Rana, Amaresh Dalal

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, AS, India

Gautam Biswas

CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur, India

Paper No. HT2013-17706, pp. V002T04A005; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer Enhancement for Practical Applications; Heat and Mass Transfer in Fire and Combustion; Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems; Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 14–19, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5548-5
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


A numerical study of three-dimensional flow and heat transfer from the annular finned tube heat exchanger with built-in delta winglets is carried out. The delta winglets type vortex generators which are placed on the annular fin surface in the neighborhood of the cylinder are used to enhance the heat transfer. The winglets are placed in common flow orientation. Longitudinal vortices develop along the side edge of the delta winglets due to the pressure difference between the front surface (facing the flow) and back surface. These vortices interact with thermal boundary layer and produce a three dimensional swirling flow that mixes near wall fluid with the midstream. Thus the thermal boundary layer is disrupted and heat transfer is enhanced. The investigations are carried out for four different Reynolds number (100, 500 and 1000) and four different angles of attack (35°, 40°, 45°, 50°) for common flow up (CFU) configuration. It is found that heat transfer increases about 11% for Re = 1000 with angle of attack 40°.

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