In this paper, transient response of plate heat exchangers under flow maldistribution and viscosity variations is discussed. This transient response is compared with the response achieved from uniform flow and constant viscosity through the exchanger. Flow maldistribution (unequal flow in channels) is calculated for U and Z types of plate heat exchangers. This flow maldistribution along with viscosity variations, during the growth of the temperature profile in each channel, affect the convective heat transfer coefficient in the transient period of heat transfer, and make it to be different from that of the other channels. These conditions make the transient response of a plate heat exchanger to have some deviations from the uniform flow and constant viscosity model response, which is discussed in this paper. The governing equations of heat transfer are solved using finite difference methods. Frequency response as well as step response of the heat exchanger is implemented as a time dependent initial conditions.

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