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Lesson 15 Heat Exchangers . DESCRIBE the difference in the temperature profiles for counter-flow and parallel flow heat exchangers. DESCRIBE the differences between regenerative and non-regenerative heat exchangers.

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Lesson 15Heat Exchangers

• DESCRIBE the difference in the temperature profiles for counter-flow and parallel flow heat exchangers.

• DESCRIBE the differences between regenerative and non-regenerative heat exchangers.

• Given the temperature changes across a heat exchanger, CALCULATE the log mean temperature difference for the heat exchanger.

• Given the formulas for calculating the conduction and convection heat transfer coefficients, CALCULATE the overall heat transfer coefficient of a system.

• Transfers thermal energy between fluids

• Common applications include boilers, fan coolers, cooling water heat exchangers, and condensers.

• Classifications

• Ordinary heat exchanger

• Single-phase

• Both of the fluids (cooled and heated) remain in their initial gaseous or liquid states

• Usually of the tube-and-shell type

• Two-phase

• Either of the fluids may change its phase during the heat exchange process

• Includes steam generator and main condenser of nuclear facilities

• Regenerators

• Cooling towers

• Shell

• Tubes

• Relief Valves

• Vacuum Breakers

• Heat exchangers modes of operation and effectiveness are largely determined by the direction of the fluid flow within the exchanger.

• Most common arrangements for flow paths

• Counter-flow - the direction of the flow of one of the working fluids is opposite to the direction to the flow of the other fluid

• Parallel flow. - both fluids in the heat exchanger flow in the same direction

• More heat is transferred in a counter-flow arrangement than in a parallel flow heat exchanger.

• Advantageous when two fluids are required to be brought to nearly the same temperature.

• Large temperature difference at the ends causes large thermal stresses.

• The temperature of the cold fluid exiting the heat exchanger never exceeds the lowest temperature of the hot fluid.

• More uniform temperature difference between the two fluids minimizes the thermal stresses throughout the exchanger.

• Outlet temperature of the cold fluid can approach the highest temperature of the hot fluid (the inlet temperature).

• More uniform temperature difference produces a more uniform rate of heat transfer throughout the heat exchanger.

• In both parallel or counter-flow, heat transfer within the heat exchanger involves both conduction and convection.

• Process takes place over the entire length of the exchanger

• Temperature of the fluids as they flow through the exchanger is not generally constant

• Non- constant temperature causes variation in the rate of heat transfer along the length of the exchanger tubes

• Non-regenerative application is the most frequent heat exchanger application

• Involves two separate fluids.

• One fluid cools or heats the other with no interconnection between the two fluids.

• Heat that is removed from the hotter fluid is usually rejected

• Typically uses the fluid from a different area of the same system for both the hot and cold fluids.

• The water returning to the primary system is pre-heated by the water entering the purification system.

• Minimizes the thermal stress in the primary system piping due to the cold temperature of the purified coolant being returned to the primary system.

• Reduces the temperature of the water entering the purification system prior to reaching the non-regenerative heat exchanger, allowing use of a smaller heat exchanger to achieve the desired temperature for purification.

• Primary advantage of a regenerative heat exchanger application is conservation of system energy (that is, less loss of system energy due to the cooling of the fluid).

• Can work in conjunction with non-regenerative heat exchanger

Example : the purification system of a reactor facility. (see next slide)

• Air Binding

• Tube Leaks

• Heat Transfer Reduction

• Cools the water of a steam power plant

• Steady-state process like the heat exchange in the ordinary heat exchanger.

• Large chambers loosely filled with trays or similar wooden elements of construction.

• Water to be cooled is:

• pumped to the top of the tower

• sprayed or distributed by wooden troughs.

• falls through the tower, splashing down from deck to deck.

• part of it evaporates into the air that passes through the tower.

• Enthalpy needed for the evaporation is transferred to the air,

• Air flow is either horizontal due to wind currents (cross flow) or vertically upward in counter-flow to the falling water.

• To solve certain heat exchanger problems, a log mean temperature difference (LMTD or ΔTlm) must be evaluated before the heat removal from the heat exchanger is determined.

• Example

Overall Heat Transfer ExchangersCoefficient