Effect of fin thickness on the air-side performance of wavy fin-and-tube heat exchangers under dehumidifying conditions

Thirapat Kuvannarat, Chi-Chuan Wang, Somchai Wongwises*

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Abstract

This study investigated the effect of fin thickness on the air-side performance of wavy fin-and-tube heat exchangers under dehumidifying conditions. A total of 10 samples were tested with associated fin thickness (δf) of 0.115 mm and 0.25 mm, respectively. For a heat exchanger with two rows (N = 2) and fin pitch Fp of 1.41 mm, the effect of fin thickness on the heat transfer coefficient is more pronounced. The heat transfer coefficients for δf = 0.25 mm is about 5-50% higher than those for δf = 0.115 mm whereas the pressure drop for δf = 0.25 mm is about 5-20% higher. The unexpected difference in heat transfer coefficient subject to fin thickness is attributable to better interactions between the directed main flow and the swirled flow caused by the condensate droplet for δf = 0.25 mm. The maximum difference in heat transfer coefficients for N = 2 and Fp = 2.54 mm subject to the influence of fin thickness is reduced to about 20%, and there is no difference in heat transfer coefficient when the frontal velocity is above 3 m/s. For N {greater than or slanted equal to} 4 and Fp = 2.54 mm, the influence of fin thickness on the heat transfer coefficients diminishes considerably. This is because of the presence of tube row, and the unsteady/vortex shedding feature at the down stream of wavy channel. Based on the present test results, a correlation is proposed to describe the air-side performance for wavy fin configurations, the mean deviations of the proposed heat transfer and friction correlations are 7.9% and 7.7%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2587-2596
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume49
Issue number15-16
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2006

Keywords

  • Air-side performance
  • Colburn factor
  • Dehumidifying conditions
  • Friction factor
  • Wavy fin-and-tube heat exchangers

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