Numerical study on performance and fin efficiency of wavy fin-and-tube heat exchangers Online publication date: Tue, 28-Jun-2011
by Yubing Tao, Yaling He, Zhiguo Qu, Wenquan Tao
Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, An International Journal (PCFD), Vol. 11, No. 3/4, 2011
Abstract: Three-dimensional numerical studies were performed for the performance of wavy fin-and-tube heat exchangers in Body-Fitted Coordinates (BFC) system. Effects of geometric parameters on air-side heat transfer and fluid flow characteristics and fin efficiency were examined. The results showed that with the increase in Reynolds number, wavy angle, fin thickness and the decrease in fin pitch and transverse tube pitch, the heat transfer performance are enhanced; however, pressure drops are also increased. So, in practical applications, the wavy angle had better be located between 10° and 20° and the fin pitch should be located between 1.2 mm and 2.0 mm. The fin efficiency and average fin surface temperature decrease with the increase of Reynolds number, wavy angle, fin pitch and transverse tube pitch. With the increase of fin thickness, the fin efficiency and average temperature on fin surface also increase.
Online publication date: Tue, 28-Jun-2011
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