The present work demonstrates the use of manifold microchannel technology in conjunction with conventional macrogeometries to achieve superior performance compared to traditional heat exchangers. A novel tubular manifold heat exchanger is designed using three-dimensional (3D) printed manifold and conventional double enhanced tube. The experiments are performed using water as the working fluid and the manifold side heat transfer coefficient up to 9538 Wm−2K−1 with a low flowrate of 4.25 lpm is achieved with as low pressure drop as 323 Pa. A comparison with respect to thermal hydraulic performance of the results with a plate heat exchanger shows clear advantage of the proposed exchanger. Overall, microscale heat transfer characteristics are obtained by using relatively simple and economical fabrication techniques.

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