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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(2), 117; doi:10.3390/app7020117

A Comprehensive Empirical Correlation for Finned Heat Exchangers with Parallel Plates Working in Oscillating Flow

Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
Key Laboratory of Refrigeration and Cryogenic Technology of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou 310027, China
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Academic Editor: Artur J. Jaworski
Received: 20 November 2016 / Revised: 28 December 2016 / Accepted: 13 January 2017 / Published: 8 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Heat Transfer Processes in Oscillatory Flow Conditions)
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The oscillating-flow heat transfer performance in finned heat exchangers is one of the main factors affecting the working efficiency of regenerative heat engines and refrigerators. In addition to the working parameters, the geometrical parameters of finned heat exchangers are also major influencing factors. In the present study, the ratio of the heat exchanger length and hydraulic diameter is applied as an independent similarity criterion. An experimental study has been carried out with six different geometrical dimensions of finned heat exchangers with parallel plates, in order to analyze the impacts of fin length, plate spacing, and corresponding relative fluid displacement amplitude, under various working conditions. Based on 298 tested points, a comprehensive empirical correlation for the finned heat exchangers with parallel plates working in oscillating flow has been proposed, providing a relatively accurate prediction, with 98.6% of data in the ±20% deviation and 83.9% of data in the ±10% deviation, within the range discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: oscillating flow; heat transfer; finned heat exchanger; empirical correlation oscillating flow; heat transfer; finned heat exchanger; empirical correlation

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Huang, J.; Liu, M.; Jin, T. A Comprehensive Empirical Correlation for Finned Heat Exchangers with Parallel Plates Working in Oscillating Flow. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 117.

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