Fin-and-tube heat exchanger enhancement with a combined herringbone and vortex generator design

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Abstract

Vortex generators (VGs) are the most commonly investigated enhancement methods in the field of improved heat exchangers. The aim of present work is to study the effect of VGs in a fin-and-tube heat exchanger (FTHE) with herringbone fin shape. The delta winglet VG design with length (s) and height (H) is selected based on previous studies. The investigated VG design is simple and considered realistic from the manufacturing point of view. The combined enhancement with herringbone fin and the VG is evaluated by simulating the conjugate heat transfer and the air flow. The structured mesh is created for both solid and fluid domains to solve the model numerically using a coupled open source solver in OpenFOAM. The influence of flow condition on the performance enhancement is studied by changing the Reynolds number in a range Re=1354–6157. The study showed that VGs not only increase the heat transfer in the herringbone fin but also decrease the pressure drop. The highest and longest investigated VG design is found to perform the best because of its ability to delay the flow detachment from the tube, to feed high kinetic energy flow to the recirculation zone and to create longitudinal vortices in the downstream region from the VG. The fin with VG design s=0.5D and H=0.6Fp enhances the overall performance by 5.23% in comparison to the fin without VG. The results demonstrated the usefulness of VGs for the performance enhancement in connection with a herringbone fin design.
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Vortex generators (VGs) are the most commonly investigated enhancement methods in the field of improved heat exchangers. The aim of present work is to study the effect of VGs in a fin-and-tube heat exchanger (FTHE) with herringbone fin shape. The delta winglet VG design with length (s) and height (H) is selected based on previous studies. The investigated VG design is simple and considered realistic from the manufacturing point of view. The combined enhancement with herringbone fin and the VG is evaluated by simulating the conjugate heat transfer and the air flow. The structured mesh is created for both solid and fluid domains to solve the model numerically using a coupled open source solver in OpenFOAM. The influence of flow condition on the performance enhancement is studied by changing the Reynolds number in a range Re=1354–6157. The study showed that VGs not only increase the heat transfer in the herringbone fin but also decrease the pressure drop. The highest and longest investigated VG design is found to perform the best because of its ability to delay the flow detachment from the tube, to feed high kinetic energy flow to the recirculation zone and to create longitudinal vortices in the downstream region from the VG. The fin with VG design s=0.5D and H=0.6Fp enhances the overall performance by 5.23% in comparison to the fin without VG. The results demonstrated the usefulness of VGs for the performance enhancement in connection with a herringbone fin design.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume/Bind118
Sider (fra-til)602-616
Antal sider14
ISSN0017-9310
DOI
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2018
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
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