Performance Ranking of Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger Surfaces

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J. G. Soland

Ocean Engineering Department, M.I.T.

W. M. Mack

Foster-Miller Associates, Inc., Waltham, Mass.

W. M. Rohsenow

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

J. Heat Transfer 100(3), 514-519 (Aug 01, 1978) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450840 History: Received July 01, 1977; Online August 11, 2010


The Kays-London [4] way of presenting heat exchanger performance is modified to use the data in the simplified analysis of La Haye, et al. [5] which was extended to permit the ready comparison of the performance of the various plate-fin surfaces. Based on the four comparison criteria considered, the wavy finned 17.8–3/8 W surface of Kays-London is the best.

Copyright © 1978 by ASME
Topics: Heat exchangers
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