Tube bank heat exchangers are designed to efficiently transfer heat between two fluids. Shapes and arrangements of tubes in heat exchangers have significant effects in heat transfer and pressure drop of fluid. In this study, the three-dimensional (3D) numerical investigation is performed to determine heat transfer coefficients, friction factor, and performance evaluation criteria (PEC) of cam-shaped tube banks in aerodynamic and inverse aerodynamic directions in the cross flow air and compared with those of elliptical tube banks in heat exchanger. The arrangements of tubes are aligned and staggered with longitudinal pitch of 44.88 mm and transverse pitch of 28.05 mm. Reynolds number in the range of 11,500–18,500 was used, and the tube surface temperature was fixed and considered 352 K. Results indicate the superior heat transfer of elliptical tube bank over the cam-shaped tube banks in inverse aerodynamic and aerodynamic directions in both arrangements. Moreover, the PEC of the cam-shaped tube banks with inverse aerodynamic and aerodynamic directions and elliptical tube bank in aligned arrangement are approximately 1.4, 1.1, and 1.6, respectively. The obtained results for staggered arrangements are also 1.5, 1.3, and 1.8, respectively.

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