Water condensation and twophase flow modeling for a plate heat exchanger channel
(2008) ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2007 In Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2007, vol 8, pts A and B  Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows and Thermal Systems p.349354 Abstract
 There are water vapour condensation and twophase flow in plate heat exchangers when they are used as condensers. Water phase change and flow dynamics modelling is an important but complicated task due to large change in water physical/transport properties across the water liquidvapour interface boundary. In particular, singularlink behaviour in governing equations is present due to the large step change in the density when computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is employed. 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 CFD approach is employed to model water vapour condensation and... (More)
 There are water vapour condensation and twophase flow in plate heat exchangers when they are used as condensers. Water phase change and flow dynamics modelling is an important but complicated task due to large change in water physical/transport properties across the water liquidvapour interface boundary. In particular, singularlink behaviour in governing equations is present due to the large step change in the density when computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is employed. 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 CFD approach is employed to model water vapour 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 thermalphysical properties, such as 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 concluded that, among others, the inlet vapour 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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 Wilhelmsson, Charlotte ^{LU} ; Yuan, Jinliang ^{LU} and Sundén, Bengt ^{LU}
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 2008
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 analysis, model, twophase flow, water, condensation
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 Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2007, vol 8, pts A and B  Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows and Thermal Systems
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 349  354
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 American Society Of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
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 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2007
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