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Impact de certains paramètres sur la performance d'échangeurs à écoulements et aux ailettes parallèles lors d'épisodes périodiques de givrage.

Effect of some geometric parameters on performance of PF2 heat exchangers in periodic frosting.

Auteurs : ZHANG P., HRNJAK P. S.

Type d'article : Article, Article de la RIF


The thermal performance under conditions of initial frost growth and subsequent refrosting after a defrost is experimentally studied for the parallel flow parallel fin (PF2) heat exchanger, a new style of heat exchanger that uses louvered bent fins on flat tubes to enhance water drainage when the flat tubes are horizontal (typically outdoor heat exchanger in heat pump operation). This paper focuses on quantification of the effects of geometry (i.e. fin pitch 12-22 fpi and louver pitch 1.4-2.8 mm) on defrost and refrost times. Eight heat exchangers differing in louver pitch and fin spacing are studied. A series of tests are conducted in search for the best geometry. The effects of geometry on heat transfer (thermal performance) and pressure drop for air face velocities of 0.9, 2, and 3 m/s are determined and used for comparison. Characteristics of initial heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop during the first frosting cycle are reported in terms of Colburn j(o) factor and Fanning friction f(0) factor, as a function of Re(Lp) and geometry. The newly developed air-side correlations for PF2 heat exchangers [Colburn j(o) factor and Fanning friction f(o) factor] predict the test data within rms error of plus or minus 10%, and with mean deviation of 2.95 and 4.98%, respectively. The correlations are base on a very low Reynolds numbers in the range of 100-620, and 8 PF2 heat exchangers using 48 experimental data.

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  • Titre original : Effect of some geometric parameters on performance of PF2 heat exchangers in periodic frosting.
  • Identifiant de la fiche : 2009-2382
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Source : International Journal of Refrigeration - Revue Internationale du Froid - vol. 33 - n. 2
  • Date d'édition : 03/2010


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