Effects of waffle height on the air-side performance of wavy fin-and-tube heat exchangers

Chi-Chuan Wang*, Jiin Yuh Chang, Nien Fong Chiou

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Abstract

An experimental study was carried out to examine the effects of the waffle height, including three different values of waffle height-1.18, 1.32, and 1.58 mm-on the heat transfer and friction characteristics of typical fin-and-tube heat exchangers having wavy fins. A total of 13 samples of heat exchangers, nine of them having wavy fins and the other four having plain fin configurations, were tested. The test results indicated that the effect of waffle height on the heat transfer enhancement ratio, compared to the plain-fin counterpart, is pronounced only for smaller fin pitch and larger waffle height, while its effect on the pressure drop is considerably significant throughout the test range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-56
Number of pages12
JournalHeat Transfer Engineering
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999

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