Experimental study on thermal analysis of a novel shell and tube heat exchanger with corrugated tubes
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In this paper, a novel study on the heat transfer characteristics in a shell and tube heat exchanger with wavy cosine corrugated wall in structure of tube bundle is investigated experimentally. The optimization procedure is performed by means of response surface methodology in different wavy starting lengths (0 mm ≤ b ≤ 120 mm), hot water flow rates (7 L min−1 ≤ Qh ≤ 11 L min−1), cold water flow rates (11 L min−1 ≤ Qc ≤ 19 L min−1) and wavy wavelengths (0 mm ≤ λ ≤ 80 mm) to obtain maximum effectiveness and the overall heat transfer coefficient. An exergetic sustainability analysis has been done to show how exergy efficiency affects sustainability. The results show that the effectiveness and the overall heat transfer coefficient increase with the cold water flow rates. Additionally, enhancement of the wavy starting lengths decreases the heat exchanger effectiveness and the overall heat transfer coefficient. From sustainability point of view, the corrugated tube is more sustainable than smooth tube.
KeywordsWavy surface Sensitivity analysis Heat exchanger effectiveness The overall heat transfer coefficient The exergetic sustainability analysis
The authors gratefully acknowledge the Islamic Republic of Iran’s oil ministry, National Iranian Gas Company, South Pars Gas Complex, for their support in facilities and resources to make this project.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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