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Title: Experimental and numerical investigation of an air-to-water heat pipe-based heat exchanger
Authors: Mroue, H
Ramos, JB
Wrobel, LC
Jouhara, H
Keywords: Heat pipe;Thermosyphon;Heat exchanger;CFD;Effectiveness
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Applied Thermal Engineering, 78 pp. 339 - 350, 2015
Abstract: An experimental and analytical investigation was conducted on an air-to-water heat exchanger equipped with six wickless heat pipes (thermosyphons) charged with water as the working fluid. The flow pattern consisted of a double pass on the evaporator and condenser sections. The six thermosyphons were all made from carbon steel, measured 2m in length and were installed in a staggered arrangement. The objectives of the reported experimental investigation were to analyse the effect of multiple air passes at different air inlet temperatures (100 to 250°C) and air mass flow rates (0.05 to 0.14kg/s) on the thermal performance of the heat exchanger unit including the heat pipes. The results were compared with a CFD model that assumed the heat pipes were solid rods with a constant conductivity. The conductivity of the pipes was extracted from modifications of correlations available in the literature based around the theory of Thermal Resistance. The results proved to be very accurate within 10% of the experimental values.
ISSN: 1359-4311
Appears in Collections:Dept of Design Research Papers

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