A review on polymer heat exchangers for HVAC&R applications

C. T'Joen, Y. Park, Q. Wang, A. Sommers, X. Han, A. Jacobi

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Because of their low thermal conductivity, polymers are not commonly considered as a material to construct heat exchangers, except for specific applications, e.g. heat recovery from solvent laden streams, where exotic alloys are required to prevent corrosion. In this review the material properties of polymers are examined, as well as the current state of the art of polymer matrix composites. It is shown that these materials do hold promise for use in the construction of heat exchangers in HVAC&R applications, but that a considerable amount of research is still required into material properties and life-time behavior. A successful application of polymers or polymer matrix composites is based on careful material selection and modification of the design to fully exploit the material properties, as is demonstrated through a series of examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-779
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Additive
  • Air conditioning
  • Example
  • Heat exchanger
  • Material
  • Polymer
  • Refrigeration
  • Survey
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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