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Planar PIV Experiments Inside a Transparent Shell-and-Tube Exchanger

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Siddharth Talapatra, Kevin Farrell

Heat Transfer Research, Inc., Navasota, TX

Paper No. IMECE2014-36818, pp. V007T09A050; 9 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Fluids Engineering Systems and Technologies
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4954-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The detailed flow inside a shell-and-tube exchanger remains an open area of research, despite its relevance to the heat exchanger industry. We present some of our recent efforts in this field based on Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) experiments within a transparent shell-and-tube exchanger (TSTX) at the Research and Technology Center at HTRI. The single-phase flow in the window region of the TSTX is resolved by mapping the two-dimensional velocity field in multiple planes. Different shell-side geometries were tested. Time-averaged results indicate flow patterns that are different from the idealized flow assumptions that form the conceptual basis of commercially available shell-side flow solvers.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Shells , Transparency



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