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Reference Number FT1525
Title AFM 237 Computational design of tubular heat exchanges
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Industry) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Mr G Tucker
No email address given
Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DEFRA
Start Date 01 January 2005
End Date 31 December 2005
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £58,000
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region London
Programme DEFRA Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain
Investigators Principal Investigator Mr G Tucker , Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , ANSYS Europe Limited (0.001%)
Project Contact , Consumer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline (0.001%)
Project Contact , Centura Foods Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , H J Heinz Company Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , Tetra Pak Processing UK (0.001%)
Project Contact , Campbell Group Products Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , University of Plymouth (0.001%)
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Objectives To apply CFD techniques to assist in selecting the most commercially viable design improvements to multi-tube tubular heat exchangers. This is intended to speed up the transition between the design concepts that are discussed as ideas and the much smaller number of prototypes that need to be built to test the ideas.
Abstract The work proposed herein is intended to build on the findings from the AFM 126 LINK project on innovations in heat recovery systems for tubular heat exchangers. AFM 126 has applied CFD to the prediction of heat transfer and fluid flow within the complex geometries that comprise multi-tube heat exchangers when operating in heat recovery mode only. One of the critical components of this project was validation of the CFD predictions for shell-side flows using experimentally measured pressures, wall shear rates, temperatures and flow visualization. This stage has been completed successfully and the CFD simulations have since been applied to geometries of ever increasing complexity, including some of novel design. Turbulent shell-side, and laminar or turbulent tube-side, flow and heat transfer will be considered. Commercial considerations dictate that any modifications to heat exchanger equipment should ideally result in enhanced performance in both conventional and regenerative modes of operation.
Publications (none)
Final Report Tucker. G. (2005). Heat exchanger design hots up. Final report for DEFRA. (PDF 632 KB)
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