Geometry adaptations to improve the performance of compact, polymer condensers

C.W.M. Geld, van der, F.L.A. Ganzevles, C.T.P.F. Simons, F. Weitz

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    Abstract

    Practical, relatively simple methods are presented to enhance heat transfer with condensation in a compact, polymer plate heat exchanger. Tilting the exchanger, while adapting the spacers, increases the condensate and heat fluxes by 6–8%, as a function of the inlet mass fraction of the moist air at ambient conditions. Polymer inserts increase convective heat transfer and yield a total heat flux improvement of 20%, at the cost of increased pressure drop.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)357-362
    JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
    Volume79
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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