An experimental study was carried out to determine the forced convective heat transfer and hydraulic characteristics of a chevron-type two-channel industrial PHE when used with a nanofluid. The PHE is composed of two fluid passages formed by three corrugated plates, which have a herringbone pattern and the corrugations are of a trapezoidal shape. Heated water is used on the hot side. On the cold side a mixture of 29nm-diameter CuO nanoparticles in suspension in water is forced. Collected data for the nanofluid side covers two particle volume fractions, 2% and 4.65%, and the range of Reynolds number up to 1000. Results have shown that, for a given Reynolds number, CuO-water nanofluid clearly exhibits a higher friction factor compared to that of water. Calculated Nusselt numbers have shown no significant heat transfer enhancement when using the 2% nanofluid. A decrease of heat transfer was even observed with the 4.65% nanofluid. The laminar-turbulent transition was also observed for the nanofluids studied.

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