Analysis of Water Condensation and Twophase Flow in a Channel Relevant for Plate Heat Exchangers
(2006) In Advanced Computational Methods in Heat Transfer IX 53. p.351360 Abstract
 Water vapor condensation and twophase flow appear in plate heat exchangers being used as condensers. Analysis of water phase change and flow dynamics is an important but complicated task due to large change in water physical/transport properties across the water liquidvapor interface boundary. In particular, a singularlink behaviour in NavierStokes (NS) equations is present due to the large step change in the density when computational simulation methods are applied. Conventional methods using ensemble averaged parameters such as void fraction are impossible to be applied to cases where highresolution calculations and detailed analysis are required. In this study, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach is presented for... (More)
 Water vapor condensation and twophase flow appear in plate heat exchangers being used as condensers. Analysis of water phase change and flow dynamics is an important but complicated task due to large change in water physical/transport properties across the water liquidvapor interface boundary. In particular, a singularlink behaviour in NavierStokes (NS) equations is present due to the large step change in the density when computational simulation methods are applied. Conventional methods using ensemble averaged parameters such as void fraction are impossible to be applied to cases where highresolution calculations and detailed analysis are required. In this study, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach is presented for analysis of water vapor condensation and twophase flow in a channel relevant for plate heat exchanger parallel plates. The developed model is based on the governing equations which are directly solved for the entire single and twophase fields. The water phase change and twophase flow are treated by employing a water liquidphase fraction factor based on the total enthalpy in each computational cell. The factor is defined as the ratio of the total enthalpy differential to the latent heat of condensation. The density, viscosity and conductivity of the twophase region are calculated and updated based on the calculated value of the liquidphase fraction factor until a converged result is reached. It is revealed that, among others, the inlet vapor velocity has significant effects on the water phase change and twophase flow in the channel, in terms of liquidwater fraction factor distribution. (Less)
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 Yuan, Jinliang ^{LU} ; Wilhelmsson, Charlotte ^{LU} and Sundén, Bengt ^{LU}
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 2006
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 Advanced Computational Methods in Heat Transfer IX
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 Sundén, Bengt
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 53
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