This paper deals with the development of a three-dimensional numerical model to predict the overall performance of an advanced high temperature heat exchanger design, up to 1000°C, for the production of hydrogen by the sulfur iodine thermo-chemical cycle used in advanced nuclear reactor concepts. The design is an offset strip-fin, hybrid plate compact heat exchanger made from a liquid silicon impregnated carbon composite material. The two working fluids are helium gas and molten salt (Flinak). The offset strip-fin is chosen as a method of heat transfer enhancement due to the boundary layer restart mechanism between the fins that has a direct effect on heat transfer enhancement. The effects of the fin geometry on the flow field and heat transfer are studied in three-dimensions using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques. The pre-processor GAMBIT is used to create a computational mesh, and the CFD software package FLUENT that is based on the finite volume method is used to produce the numerical results. Fin dimensions need to be chosen that optimize heat transfer and minimize pressure drop. Comparison of the overall performance between two fin shapes (rectangular versus curved edges) is performed using analytical calculations (where available) as well as computational fluid dynamics techniques. The analytical calculations predict larger pressure losses than the numerical simulations. The model developed in this paper will be used to investigate the heat exchanger design parameters in order to find an optimal design.

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