• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2016, Volume: 9, Issue: 13, Pages: 1-11

Original Article

Ceramic Monolith Heat Exchanger - A Theoretical Study and Performance Analysis


A ceramic monolith heat exchanger has been learnt for finding out heat transfer performance and effectiveness on computing numerically and ξ-NTU method. In entire domain computation numerically has been performed along with fluid region in rectangular ducts of exhaust gas side, ceramic core and rectangular duct fluid region in air side with the air exhaust in direction of cross flow. Additionally, the heat exchanger has been examined for estimating the functionality via ξ-NTU technique that is conventional along numerous Nusselt number links for rectangular duct flow for the literature. Based on the research, it has been performed on the ceramic heat exchangers and on the ceramic materials and the demand in utilizing the ceramic materials in heat exchangers. Then the recuperator is modeled by using GAMBIT and it is analyzed using FLUENT. The effectiveness and the heat transfer rate are also calculated. Then those outcomes have been assessed along the experimental data. By comparison of both functionality by computing numerically and the ξ-NTU technique, the efficiency by ξ-TU technique has been identified to be nearest to product by the numerical computation among the associative of 2.15% when Stephan’s Nusselt number association has been adapted to the ξ-NTU technique within numerous connections. The total heat transfer and effectiveness by ξ-NTU method relative errors utilizing five Nusselt number correlations from literature have been lesser than 14.5% comparative to numerical computation. Associated to Nusselt number correlations, the entire heat transfer utilizing ξ-NTU technique with Stephan’s correlation is highly nearest to numerical computation. For that reason, the exit temperature by ξ-NTU method with Stephan’s correlation simulates within 1.2% of the relative error for exhaust exist temperature and 0.45% for the air exit temperature assessed against the numerical computation. Overall heat transfer coefficient’s relative errors by ξ-NTU technique utilizing five Nusselt number correlations for the literature have been more than 17.5% to that on computing numerically.

Keywords: Ceramic Recuperators, Cross Flow, Effectiveness, Heat Transfer, Pressure Drop


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