Finite circular fin method for heat and mass transfer characteristics for plain fin-and-tube heat exchangers under fully and partially wet surface conditions

Worachest Pirompugd, Chi-Chuan Wang, Somchai Wongwises*

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Abstract

This study proposes a new method, namely the "finite circular fin method" (FCFM), to analyze the performance of fin-and-tube heat exchangers having plain fin configuration under dehumidifying conditions. The analysis is done by dividing the heat exchanger into many tiny segments (number of tube rows × number of tube passes per row × number of fins). The tiny segments are distinguished into three types: the fully dry, partially wet or fully wet surface conditions. The proposed method is capable of handling fully and partially wet surfaces. From the test results, it is found that the sensible heat transfer performance and the mass transfer performance are insensitive to changes of fin pitch. The influence of inlet relative humidity on the sensible heat transfer performance is small, and is almost negligible when the number of tube rows is above four. For one and two row configurations, considerable increase of mass transfer performance is encountered when partially wet condition takes place. The sensible heat transfer coefficient is about the same for those in fully wet and partially wet conditions provided that the number of tube row is equal or greater than four. Correlations applicable for both fully wet and partially wet conditions are proposed to describe the heat and mass performance for the present plain fin configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-565
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume50
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2007

Keywords

  • Dehumidifying conditions
  • Fin-and-tube heat exchangers
  • Finite circular fin method
  • Mass transfer performance
  • Sensible heat transfer performance

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