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Title: Experimental and numerical modeling of heat transfer in directed thermoplates

We present three-dimensional numerical simulations to quantify the design specifications of a directional thermoplate expanded channel heat exchanger, also called dimpleplate. Parametric thermofluidic simulations were performed independently varying the number of spot welds, the diameter of the spot welds, and the thickness of the fluid channel within the laminar flow regime. Results from computational fluid dynamics simulations show an improvement in heat transfer is achieved under a variety of conditions: when the thermoplate has a relatively large cross-sectional area normal to the flow, a ratio of spot weld spacing to channel length of 0.2, and a ratio of the spot weld diameter with respect to channel width of 0.3. Lastly, experimental results performed to validate the model are also presented.
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  1. Univ. of San Diego, San Diego, CA (United States)
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Journal Name:
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 123; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9310
Research Org:
Univ. of San Diego, San Diego, CA (United States); Tulane Univ., New Orleans, LA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
Country of Publication:
United States
42 ENGINEERING; FLUENT; Computational Fluid Dynamics; heat exchanger; dimpleplate; Experiment validation; Reynolds number; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; experiment validation; Reynolds Number
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OSTI ID: 1462015