Applied CFD and experiment for automotive compact heat exchanger development

Henry E. Beamer, Debashis Ghosh, Kevin D. Bellows, Lin Jie Huang, Anthony M. Jacobi

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This paper chronicles a heat exchanger development project that utilized an integrated development process. A combination of full-scale heat exchanger performance testing, flow visualization experiments, and computational fluid dynamics methods were used in concert to investigate flow phenomena in multilouver fins. The primary goal of this project was to confirm the flow and heat transfer enhancement mechanisms at work in multilouver fins. A second goal was correlation of flow visualization, CFD, and traditional full-scale heat exchanger testing. Excellent agreement was found between the three methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event1998 SAE International Congress and Exposition - Detroit, MI, United States
Duration: Feb 23 1998Feb 26 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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