A tube-by-tube reduction method for simultaneous heat and mass transfer characteristics for plain fin-and-tube heat exchangers in dehumidifying conditions

Worachest Pirompugd, Somchai Wongwises*, Chi-Chuan Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study proposed a new method, namely a tube-by-tube reduction method to analyze the performance of fin-and-tube heat exchangers having plain fin configuration under dehumidifying conditions. The mass transfer coefficients which seldom reported in the open literature, are also presented. For fully wet conditions, it is found that the reduced results for both sensible heat transfer performance and the mass transfer performance by the present method are insensitive to change of inlet humidity. Unlike those tested in fully dry condition, the sensible heat transfer performance under dehumidification is comparatively independent of fin pitch. The ratio of the heat transfer characteristic to mass transfer characteristic (h c,o/h d,o C p,a) is in the range of 0.6~1.0, and the ratio is insensitive to change of fin spacing at low Reynolds number. However, a slight drop of the ratio of (h c,o/h d,o C p,a) is seen with the decrease of fin spacing when the Reynolds number is sufficient high. This is associated with the more pronounced influence due to condensate removal by the vapor shear. Correlations are proposed to describe the heat and mass performance for the present plate fin configurations. These correlations can describe 89% of the Chilton Colburn j-factor of the heat transfer (j h) within 15% and can correlate 81% of the Chilton Colburn j-factor of the mass transfer (j m) within 20%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-765
Number of pages10
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung
Volume41
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Dehumidifying
  • Fin-and-tube heat exchanger
  • Mass transfer performance
  • Sensible heat transfer performance

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