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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