For saving space at an office or a clean room, it is needed to reduce the space of an air conditioner. It is effective to miniaturize a heat exchanger because it occupies the large space in the air conditioner. Three types of a heat exchanger that are an in-line tube and cut fins type, a staggered tube and cut fins type and a staggered tube and uncut fins type were investigated as four inclined angle tests of 0, 45, 60 and 80 degrees in a heat wind tunnel. The coefficients of flow friction and heat transfer rates were obtained from these experiments, and the characteristics of inclined heat exchanger were clarified by effects of tube arrangements, fin types and inclined angles against flow direction. As a numerical approach, two-dimensional steady models were applied on the staggered tube and the in-line tube by using BFC (Boundary-Fitted Coordinate Method); BFC is available to make grids for any install angle of the heat exchanger. The results of the numerical analysis visualized flow patterns and heat transfer in these heat exchangers. In case of 80-degrees angle, the flow makes dead area in a part of the heat exchanger, and it causes reducing performance of the heat exchanger. These results are available for improve a compact high performance heat exchanger.

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