A Transient Heat Exchanger Evaluation Test for Arbitrary Fluid Inlet Temperature Variation and Longitudinal Core Conduction

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R. S. Mullisen

Mechanical Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

R. I. Loehrke

Mechanical Engineering Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

J. Heat Transfer 108(2), 370-376 (May 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3246932 History: Received June 19, 1984; Online October 20, 2009


An improved version of the transient technique is described which utilizes a finite-difference model of the heat exchanger for the evaluation of an average hem transfer coefficient. The model, which can accommodate arbitrary inlet fluid temperature variation as well as longitudinal conduction in the heat exchanger core, is well suited for a computer-based data reduction procedure. The finite-difference model is validated by comparison with the predictions of exact solutions for a step change in inlet temperature. Actual tests on a core of known performance indicate that the overall accuracy of the technique can be within ± 2 percent.

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