The Transient Response of Heat Exchangers Having an Infinite Capacitance Rate Fluid

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G. E. Myers, J. W. Mitchell

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.

C. F. Lindeman

Aerospace Electronics Department, General Electric Co., Utica, N. Y.

J. Heat Transfer 92(2), 269-275 (May 01, 1970) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3449660 History: Received June 02, 1969; Online August 11, 2010


The transient response of heat exchangers to a step change in the temperature of the infinite capacitance rate fluid temperature is discussed. This work applies to condensers, evaporators, precoolers, and intercoolers. Analytical and finite difference methods are used to obtain solutions. The procedure for making useful hand calculations for the entire range of practical values of the parameters is presented.

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