Author(s): Junjanna G.C. Dr. N Kulasekharan, Dr. H.R. Purushotham
Published in: International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology
License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Volume/Issue: Vol.1 - Issue 8 (October - 2012)
Radiators are used to transfer thermal energy from one medium to another for the purpose of cooling. Research is being carried out for several decades now, in improving the performance of the heat exchangers, having high degree of surface compactness and higher heat transfer abilities in automotive industry. These compact heat exchangers have fins, louvers and tubes. Present study uses the computational analysis tool ANSYS Fluent 13.0 to perform a numerical study on a compact heat exchanger. The computational domain is identified from literature and validation of present numerical approach is established first. Later the numerical analysis is extended by modifying chosen geometrical and flow parameters like louver pitch, air flow rate, water flow rate, fin and louver thickness, by varying one parameter at a time and the results are compared. Recommendations has been made on the optimal values and settings based on the variables tested, for the chosen compact heat exchanger.
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