Heat Transfer in Plate Heat Exchangers
Gebrehiwot, Teame Haile (2009)
Gebrehiwot, Teame Haile
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This study illustrates the different types of plate heat exchangers that are commonly used in various domestic and industrial applications. The main purpose of this paper was to devise a methodology that is capable of calculating optimum number of plates in the design of a plate heat exchanger. To obtain the appropriate number of plates, typically several iterations must be made before a final acceptable design is completed, since plate amount depends on many factors such as, flow velocities, physical properties of the streams, flow channel geometry, allowable pressure drop, plate dimensions, and the gap between the plates. The methodology presented here can be used as a general guide for designing a plate heat exchanger. To investigate the effects of relevant parameters on the thermal-hydraulic design of a plate heat exchanger, several experiments were carried out for single-phase and counter flow arrangement with two brazed plate heat exchangers by varying the flow rates and the inlet temperatures of the fluid streams. The actual heat transfer coefficients obtained based on the experiment were nearly close to the calculated values and to improve the design, a correction factor was introduced. Besides, the effect of flow channel velocity on the pressure drop inside the unit is presented.