Energies 2013, 6(1), 184-203; doi:10.3390/en6010184
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Experimental Study of a Triple Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger Integrated into a Wood-Based Air-Heating System for Energy-Efficient Dwellings

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Received: 30 October 2012; in revised form: 18 December 2012 / Accepted: 21 December 2012 / Published: 8 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficient Buildings and Green Buildings)
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Abstract: In this paper, experimental tests conducted on a new wood-based air-heating system for energy-efficient dwellings are presented. The main objective is to evaluate the resulting outlet temperatures and the amount of heat recovered by the ventilation air in order to assess feasibility and performance of coupling a mechanical ventilation heat-recovery unit and a triple concentric tube heat exchanger integrated into the chimney of a room-sealed wood-pellet stove to heat an entire house. After introducing the context of this work, the three main components of the combined system developed here, the coupling configuration adopted, as well as the protocol used and the sensors implemented on an experimental setup carried out in a laboratory are detailed in turn. Then, the heat transfer rates obtained from measurements for the various fluids as well as the effectiveness of the heat exchangers are presented and discussed. Finally, the resulting outlet temperatures of the three fluids exchanging in the triple concentric tube heat exchanger studied here are compared to those provided by analytical solutions obtained with a mathematical model. It is shown that heat transfer rates are predicted with a relative difference that is lower than 5% compared to experimental values and that such a system enables to cover all or most of heat losses in an energy efficient building.
Keywords: low energy building; air heating system; wood pellet stove; heat recovery ventilation; triple concentric tube heat exchanger; experiments
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Peigné, P.; Inard, C.; Druette, L. Experimental Study of a Triple Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger Integrated into a Wood-Based Air-Heating System for Energy-Efficient Dwellings. Energies 2013, 6, 184-203.

AMA Style

Peigné P, Inard C, Druette L. Experimental Study of a Triple Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger Integrated into a Wood-Based Air-Heating System for Energy-Efficient Dwellings. Energies. 2013; 6(1):184-203.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Peigné, Pierre; Inard, Christian; Druette, Lionel. 2013. "Experimental Study of a Triple Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger Integrated into a Wood-Based Air-Heating System for Energy-Efficient Dwellings." Energies 6, no. 1: 184-203.


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