This paper presents a three-dimensional numerical analysis of flow and heat transfer over plate fins in a compact heat exchanger used as a radiator in the automotive industry. The aim of this study is to predict the heat transfer and pressure drop in the radiator. FLUENT 6.1 is used for simulation. Several cases are simulated in order to investigate the coolant temperature drop, heat transfer coefficient for the coolant and the air side along with the corresponding pressure drop. It is observed that the heat transfer and pressure drop fairly agree with experimental data. It is also found that the fin temperature depends on the frontal air velocity and the coolant side heat transfer coefficient is in good agreement with classical Dittus–Boelter correlation. It is also found that the specific dissipation increases with the coolant and the air flow rates. This work can further be extended to perform optimization study for radiator design.
- Heat Transfer Division and Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Analysis of Automotive Radiator Using CFD Tools
Malapure, VP, Bhattacharya, A, & Mitra, SK. "Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Analysis of Automotive Radiator Using CFD Tools." Proceedings of the ASME 2005 Summer Heat Transfer Conference collocated with the ASME 2005 Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of MEMS, NEMS, and Electronic Systems. Heat Transfer: Volume 3. San Francisco, California, USA. July 17–22, 2005. pp. 555-561. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/HT2005-72247
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