The practice of determining the overall heat transfer coefficient using the classical definition of log-mean-temperature-difference in heat exchangers with a heat source term in the hot fluid stream is questioned. The motivation for this work arises from the heat exchanger analysis of an ammonia-water absorber heat exchanger where a heat-of-absorption source term arises in the solution side. A modified heat exchanger analysis is developed here with account for such a heat source. Results of the analysis are discussed and its utility in deducing the overall heat transfer coefficient from experimental measurements is demonstrated.

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