A printed circuit heat exchanger (PCHE) was selected as the recuperator of supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) Brayton cycle, and the segmental design method was employed to accommodate the rapid variations of properties of S-CO2. The local heat capacity rate ratio has crucial influences on the local thermal performance of PCHE, while having small influences on the frictional entropy generation. The heat transfer entropy generation is far larger than the frictional entropy generation, and the total entropy generation mainly depends on the heat transfer entropy generation. The axial conduction worsens the thermal performance of PCHE, which becomes more and more obvious with the increase of the thickness and thermal conductivity of plate. The evaluation criteria, material, and size of plate have to be selected carefully in the design of PCHE. The present work may provide a practical guidance on the design and optimization of PCHE when S-CO2 is employed as working fluid.

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