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Title: Comparative analysis of compact heat exchangers for application as the intermediate heat exchanger for advanced nuclear reactors

A comparative evaluation of alternative compact heat exchanger designs for use as the intermediate heat exchanger in advanced nuclear reactor systems is presented in this article. Candidate heat exchangers investigated included the Printed circuit heat exchanger (PCHE) and offset strip-fin heat exchanger (OSFHE). Both these heat exchangers offer high surface area to volume ratio (a measure of compactness [m2/m3]), high thermal effectiveness, and overall low pressure drop. Helium–helium heat exchanger designs for different heat exchanger types were developed for a 600 MW thermal advanced nuclear reactor. The wavy channel PCHE with a 15° pitch angle was found to offer optimum combination of heat transfer coefficient, compactness and pressure drop as compared to other alternatives. The principles of the comparative analysis presented here will be useful for heat exchanger evaluations in other applications as well.
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  1. Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States)
  2. The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)
  3. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0306-4549; TRN: US1500527
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Annals of Nuclear Energy (Oxford)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Annals of Nuclear Energy (Oxford); Journal Volume: 81; Journal ID: ISSN 0306-4549
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; colburn factor; flow area; heat transfer surface area