This study proposes a new method, namely the "fully wet and fully dry tiny circular fin method," for analyzing the heat and mass transfer characteristics of plain fin-and-tube heat exchangers under dehumidifying conditions. The present method is developed from the tube-by-tube method proposed in the previous study by the same authors. The analysis of the fin-and-tube heat exchangers is carried out by dividing the heat exchanger into many tiny segments. A tiny segment will be assumed withfully wet or fully dry conditions. This method is capable of handling the plain fin-and-tube heat exchanger under fully wet and partially wet conditions. The heat and mass transfer characteristics are presented in dimensionless terms. The ratio of the heat transfer characteristic to mass transfer characteristic is also studied. Based on the reduced results, it is found that the heat transfer and mass transfer characteristics are insensitive to changes in fin spacing. The influence of the inlet relative humidity on the heat transfer characteristic is rather small. For one and two row configurations, a considerable increase of the mass transfer characteristic is encountered when partially wet conditions take place. The heat transfer characteristic is about the same in fully wet and partially wet conditions provided that the number of tube rows is equal to or greater than four. Correlations are proposed to describe the heat and mass characteristics for the present plain fin configuration.
- Dehumidifying conditions
- Fully wet and fully dry tiny circular fin method
- Heat transfer characteristic
- Mass transfer characteristic
- Plain fin-and-tube heat exchangers