Experimental and numerical investigation of a cross flow air-to-water heat pipe-based heat exchanger used in waste heat recovery

Joao Ramos, Zyh Chong, Hussam Jouhara

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Abstract

This paper applies CFD modelling and numerical calculations to predict the thermal performance of a cross flow heat pipe based heat exchanger. The heat exchanger under study transfers heat from air to water and it is equipped with six water-charged wickless heat pipes, with a single-pass flow pattern on the air side (evaporator) and two flow passes on the water side (condenser). For the purpose of CFD modelling, the heat pipes were considered as solid devices of a known thermal conductivity which was estimated by experiments conducted on the exact same heat pipe configuration under an entire testing range. The CFD results were compared with the experimental and the numerical results and it was found that the modelling predictions are within 10% of the experimental results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1267-1281
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume102
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Heat pipe
  • Heat exchange
  • CFD modelling
  • Heat recovery

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