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Classification and Effects of Thermal Wakes on Heat Transfer in Multilouvered Fins

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Title: Classification and Effects of Thermal Wakes on Heat Transfer in Multilouvered Fins
Author(s): Zhang, X.; Tafti, D.K.
Subject(s): louvered-fin heat exchangers
Abstract: The study classifies and isolates the effects of thermal wake interference that occurs in multilouvered fins. Inter-fin interference occurs between adjacent rows of louvers and is dominant at high flow efficiencies when the flow is louver directed. Intra-fin interference occurs on subsequent louvers of the same row or fin and is dominant at low flow efficiencies or when the flow is predominantly duct directed. It is established that thermal wake effects can be expressed quantitatively solely as functions of the flow efficiency and the fin pitch to louver pitch ratio. While the heat capacity of multilouvered fins increases unconditionally when thermal wakes are eliminated, the heat transfer coefficient either increases or decreases depending on the relative location of thermal wakes in the vicinity of louvers. Experimental procedures, which neglect thermal wake effects in determining the heat transfer coefficient, while not introducing large errors at high flow efficiencies, can introduce errors as high as 100 % at low flow efficiencies.
Issue Date: 2000-04
Publisher: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Series/Report: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center TR-166
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Language: English
Sponsor: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Project 94
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-05-26

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