Exact solution for the conjugate fluid-fluid problem in the thermal entrance region of laminar counterflow heat exchangers

Vera Coello, Marcos and Liñán Martínez, Amable (2011). Exact solution for the conjugate fluid-fluid problem in the thermal entrance region of laminar counterflow heat exchangers. "International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer", v. 54 (n. 1-3); pp. 490-499. ISSN 0017-9310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2010.09.020.

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Title: Exact solution for the conjugate fluid-fluid problem in the thermal entrance region of laminar counterflow heat exchangers
Author/s:
  • Vera Coello, Marcos
  • Liñán Martínez, Amable
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Date: January 2011
ISSN: 0017-9310
Volume: 54
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Motopropulsión y Termofluidodinámica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A generalized Lévêque solution is presented for the conjugate fluid–fluid problem that arises in the thermal entrance region of laminar counterflow heat exchangers. The analysis, carried out for constant property fluids, assumes that the Prandtl and Peclet numbers are both large compared to unity, and neglects axial conduction both in the fluids and in the plate, assumed to be thermally thin. Under these conditions, the thermal entrance region admits an asymptotic self-similar description where the temperature varies as a power ϳ of the axial distance, with the particularity that the self-similarity exponent must be determined as an eigenvalue by solving a transcendental equation arising from the requirement of continuity of heat fluxes at the heat conducting wall. Specifically, the analysis reveals that j depends only on the lumped parameter ƙ = (A2/A1)1/3 (α1/α2)1/3(k2/k1), defined in terms of the ratios of the wall velocity gradients, A, thermal diffusivities, α i, and thermal conductivities,k i, of the fluids entering, 1, and exiting, 2, the heat exchanger. Moreover, it is shown that for large (small) values of K solution reduces to the classical first (second) Lévêque solution. Closed-form analytical expressions for the asymptotic temperature distributions and local heat-transfer rate in the thermal entrance region are given and compared with numerical results in the counterflow parallel-plate configuration, showing very good agreement in all cases.

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Item ID: 32618
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/32618/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:32618
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2010.09.020
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0017931010004990
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 09 Dec 2014 07:30
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 07:38
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