Special Issue "Advanced Heat Exchangers for Waste Heat Recovery Applications"

A special issue of ChemEngineering (ISSN 2305-7084).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hussam Jouhara

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London, UB8 3PH, UK
Website | E-Mail
Interests: waste heat recovery technologies; heat pipe; heat exchangers; multi-phase heat transfer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The UN ambitiously sets targets and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, tackle global warming, and ensure the environmental sustainability of the world. It is estimated that, globally, industrial energy use is responsible for 33% of heat-related greenhouse gas emissions and approximately 70% of the energy demand of the industrial sector is for heat. All heating processes result in significant quantities of waste heat, up to 50% in some cases, and it is widely acknowledged that there is significant potential for heat recovery.

Waste heat is the energy that is produced in various industrial and domestic processes but is not put into any practical use and is lost to the environment. Heat exchangers of various designs are used to recover this waste heat to secure its recovery back into use in the same process or to export it for use in other adjacent applications. Technologies that can be considered for waste heat recovery include recuperators, furnace and rotary regenerators, regenerative and recuperative burners, passive air preheaters, plate heat exchangers and economisers, as well as units such as waste heat boilers and deep economisers. Furthermore, the uses of new emerging technologies for direct heat to power conversion such as thermoelectric, piezoelectric, thermionic, and thermos photo voltaic (TPV) power generation are of interest. On the other hand, techniques such as direct contact condensation recovery, indirect contact condensation recovery, transport membrane condensation and the use of units such as cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP), heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), heat pipe systems, Organic Rankine cycles, including Supercritical Organic Rankine cycles and the Kalina cycle, that recover and exchange waste heat with potential energy content can be studied. These systems can be modelled with the use of simulation software, such as TRNSYS, Aspen, or any other software through which, analyses for energy optimization of a process can be conducted.

It is indicated that enhancing the designs of energy systems is also of significance as it will lead to a reduction in energy intake for the same output; which can nonetheless lead to lower emission levels. Therefore, it is of interest to discover how the use and deployment of innovative waste heat recovery technologies in industrial processes could result in lowering harmful emissions, reduction of fuel consumption and consequently improvement of production efficiency.

Based on the above, a Special Issue on “Advanced Heat Exchangers for Waste Heat Recovery Applications” is open for all contributors in the field of Heat Energy and energy recycling. We invite submissions of novel and original papers to this special issue that extend and advance our scientific/technical understanding of the waste heat recovery and heat exchanging systems that included, but not limited to:

  • Single and multi-phase heat transfer;
  • Waste heat recovery systems;
  • Energy conversion systems;
  • Energy flow modelling and optimization;
  • Advances in heat exchangers designs;
  • Advances in environmentally friendly fuels;
  • Energy from Waste.

Before submission authors should carefully read the journal’s guide for authors.

Review papers are by invitation only. Please note that only relevant articles to the scope of the Special Issue will be considered.

Prof. Dr. Hussam Jouhara
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ChemEngineering is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Waste Heat
  • Recovery Technologies
  • Recovery Techniques
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Energy Optimization
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Industrial Processes
  • Modelling
  • Production Efficiency

Published Papers (1 paper)

View options order results:
result details:
Displaying articles 1-1
Export citation of selected articles as:


Open AccessArticle
On the Impact of the Dynamics of Heat Transfer of the Thermal Machine Working Fluid and Heat Sources on the Shape of the Boundary of the Set of Realizable Regimes
ChemEngineering 2019, 3(2), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering3020036
Received: 9 November 2018 / Revised: 14 March 2019 / Accepted: 2 April 2019 / Published: 5 April 2019
PDF Full-text (861 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
From the point of view of finite time thermodynamics, the performance boundaries of thermal machines are considered, taking into account the irreversibility of the heat exchange processes of the working fluid with hot and cold sources. We show how the dynamics of heat [...] Read more.
From the point of view of finite time thermodynamics, the performance boundaries of thermal machines are considered, taking into account the irreversibility of the heat exchange processes of the working fluid with hot and cold sources. We show how the dynamics of heat exchange affects the shape of the optimal cycle of a heat engine and its performance, in particular, energy conversion efficiency in the maximum power mode. This energy conversion efficiency can depend only on the ratio of the heat transfer coefficients to the sources, or not depend on them at all. A class of dynamic functions corresponding to “natural” requirements is introduced and it is shown that, for any dynamics from this class, the optimal cycle consists of two isotherms and two adiabats, not only for the maximum power problem, but also for the problem of maximum energy conversion efficiency at a given power. Examples are given for calculating the parameters of the optimal cycle for the cases when the heat transfer coefficient to the cold source is arbitrarily large, and for dynamics in the form of a linear phenomenological (Fourier heat transfer) law. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Heat Exchangers for Waste Heat Recovery Applications)

Figure 1

ChemEngineering EISSN 2305-7084 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top