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CFD Study on Counterflow Ceramic Microchannel Heat Exchanger With Different Fins

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W. X. Chu, T. Ma, M. Zeng, Q. W. Wang

Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Paper No. IMECE2013-66154, pp. V08CT09A005; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8C: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5636-9
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The conventional heat exchangers cannot satisfy the high efficiency and power requirements due to the low heat transfer performance and large volume. With the development of micro-scale manufacture technology, the ceramic micro-channel heat exchangers are recommended to be used to the highly-efficiency power and propulsion systems, especially the very high temperature conditions. The present paper analyzes the thermal hydraulic performance of the alumina-based ceramic microchannel heat exchangers with four different fins (straight, Z-shaped, airfoil and S-shaped). The numerical results show that the maximal heat transfer rate and heat transfer effectiveness of the heat exchanger with Z-shaped fins reach 90.7 W and 61%, respectively. The temperature distribution of both fluid sides and solid body is predicted. Moreover, the pressure drop and the ratio of E/k are used to evaluate the general heat exchanger performance. The ratio of E/k is smaller than unit of ten at the low Reynolds number and increases greatly at high Reynolds number.

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