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Journal Articles Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification Year : 2007

Experimental study of constructal distributor for flow equidistribution in a mini crossflow heat exchanger (MCHE)

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This paper examines experimentally the effects of constructal distributors or collectors, built on a binary pattern of pores, on flow equidistribution in a multi-channel heat exchanger. Thermal performance and pressure drop have been determined with different assembly configurations of constructal distributors, conventional pyramid distributors and a mini crossflow heat exchanger (MCHE). Experimental results show that the integration of constructal distributors/collectors could homogenize the fluid flow distribution and consequently lead to a better thermal performance of the MCHE, but it also results in higher pressure drops. Among all tested assembly configurations, the configuration where the inlet is equipped with a conventional pyramid distributor, and the outlet is equipped with a constructal collector (Apec) shows a relatively better thermal performance as well as low pressure drops under experimental conditions considered.

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hal-00529544 , version 1 (25-10-2010)

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Lingai Luo, Zhiwei Fan, Hervé Le Gall, Xinggui Zhou, Weikang Yuan. Experimental study of constructal distributor for flow equidistribution in a mini crossflow heat exchanger (MCHE). Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 2007, 47 (2), pp.229-236. ⟨10.1016/j.cep.2007.02.028⟩. ⟨hal-00529544⟩
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