Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering

First Advisor

Fartaj, Amir (Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering)

Keywords

Mechanical engineering.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Great efforts have been made to investigate the thermal performance and fluid flow behaviour in Minichannel Heat Exchangers (MICHX), however, the examination of air side in a multiport serpentine slab heat exchanger is rare. In the current investigation, experiments were conducted on air heating via a prototype multiport MICHX. Hot DI-water at different mass flow rates and a constant inlet temperature of 70░C was passed through the channels. The water side Reynolds numbers were varied from 255 to 411. The airside Reynolds numbers were calculated based on the free mean stream velocity and varied from 1750 to 5250, while, the air inlet temperatures were in the range of 22.5░C to 34.5░C. The effects of dimensional parameters, such as Reynolds number, Nusselt number, Prandtl number, Brinkman number, and Dean number on the heat transfer performance were investigated. The effect of the serpentine on the enhancement of DI water thermal performance behaviour was studied. Heat transfer correlations were established and compared to the results in the open literature.

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