Two-dimensional simulations are carried out for a heat exchanger to study the cross-flow behavior in a circular tube bank in a staggered configuration in case of bare cylinders and cylinders with splitter plate attachment. A considerable performance evaluation of the heat exchanger with splitter plate can be achieved by studying the heat transfer and the pressure drop of the flow. Numerical simulation results carried out from this study are compared to experimental results. The numerical investigation has been established to study the effect of splitter plate on the heat exchanger thermal performance as there were no previous studies performed on the optimization of the splitter thickness. The study also illustrates the effect of splitter plate thickness variation on pressure drop and heat transfer for different Reynolds number.

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