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Performance Study of a Dimpled-Protruded Air-to-Air Plate Heat Exchanger

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Amro M. Alqutub, Majid T. Linjawi, Ismail M. Alrawi

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Paper No. POWER2015-49624, pp. V001T04A006; 8 pages
  • ASME 2015 Power Conference collocated with the ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, the ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, and the ASME 2015 Nuclear Forum
  • ASME 2015 Power Conference
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 28–July 2, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5660-4
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


In the present study, the overall heat transfer coefficient, friction factors, and effectiveness of a dimple-protrusion air-to-air counter-flow plate heat exchanger have been measured at low Reynolds number (500 < Re < 4,000). The heat exchanger consists of 4 channels per flow direction built using 1 mm aluminum plates. Dimples are specially arranged such that protrusions are opposed for applications that require structural support to withstand high pressure difference between the two fluids. A maximum heat enhancement level of 3.2 was obtained with a penalty of increased friction factor by 9 times which leads to a maximum performance factor of 1.5. The effectiveness obtained was found to be almost independent of Reynolds number on most tested Re. A detailed uncertainty analysis has been performed to determine the uncertainty in the results.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Heat exchangers



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