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An Experimental Study on the Influence of Flow Maldistribution on the Pressure Drop Across a Plate Heat Exchanger

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B. Prabhakara Rao, Sarit K. Das

Heat Transfer and Thermal Power Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai-600 036 (INDIA)

J. Fluids Eng 126(4), 680-691 (Sep 10, 2004) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1779664 History: Received February 21, 2003; Revised March 04, 2004; Online September 10, 2004
Copyright © 2004 by ASME
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Flow arrangement for U and Z type Plate Heat Exchangers
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Schematic view of experimental test facility
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Geometrical attributes of the chevron plate
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Schematic view of the mandrel
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A schematic view of the thermal test circuit of the PHE
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Flow friction characteristics of a single channel
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Comparison of experimental pressure drop with theoretical prediction for a Z-type PHE
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Comparison of experimental pressure drop with theoretical prediction for a U-type PHE
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Parity plot between theoretical and experimental pressure drop in PHE
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Variation of m2 with port size and number of channels for Z-type PHE
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Variation of total pressure drop with port size and number of channels for Z-type PHE
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Flow distribution to the channels for maximum and minimum flow rates for a 15 channel Z-type PHE
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Variation of m2 with port size and number of channels for U-type PHE
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Flow distribution to the channels for maximum and minimum flow rates for a 15 channel U-type PHE
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Comparison of m2 values for U and Z-type PHE
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Flow distribution prediction for an industrial PHE with large number of plates
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m2 values for an industrial PHE with different port sizes
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The comparison of pressure drops under isothermal and non-isothermal conditions

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