Abstract

The aim of this work the analysis of compact branched heat exchangers, by measuring thermal efficiency and the pressure drop in several experimental tests. Three different heat exchanger configuration have been considered. In the first device, the constant efflux velocity, in the internal channels, was imposed. The second exchanger was realized by imposing constant the value of the Reynolds number. The last device was created according to the instructions of the constructal theory. All three exchangers are aluminum made. In addition, in order to have a more detailed knowledge of the phenomenon and to identify what are the parameters that govern heat transfer, an organic fluid has been used and tested. In our case R1234 organic fluid. It was therefore necessary to realize an appropriate test bench for the use of the organic fluid. Once realized, several tests were conducted. Finally in order to be able to indicate which configuration results the optimal one, the Prandtl and Nusselt numbers were obtained and compared.

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