Modeling and adjoint optimization of heat exchanger geometries

Mahening Citra Vidya

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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    In today's society, with an increasing need for energy worldwide and at the same time a growing awareness of its negative consequences, optimizing and reducing energy consumption has become important for sustainability. The process of optimizing the appliances in large industry and household scale contributes to the minimization of the global energy consumption. In order to increase the efficiency of these appliances, various optimizations are employed, such as the shape optimization.

    In this thesis, a shape optimization method is used to modify the geometry of an existing heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is used in a domestic boiler and the shape optimization is a crucial step for its fast development. Currently, the shape of the heat exchanger is highly dependent on its manufacturing process. Thus, more complex shapes are investigated and their effects on the heat transfer and pressure drop are evaluated in this thesis. Two aspects need to be investigated for this heat exchanger optimization: the complex internal flow within the heat exchanger, and the performance of the optimization method as well as its resulting shapes. Since the heat exchanger consists of different flow regimes due to its complex geometry, a detailed study on these regimes (ReD = 2000, 100, and 10) is conducted prior to the optimization procedure. Furthermore, the complex geometry of this heat exchanger leads to different models used in this thesis. Therefore this thesis is divided into three parts based on the models: the three-dimensional single cylinder, the two-dimensional cylinder arrays, and the three-dimensional cylinder array.

    In optimizing the heat exchanger, the shape optimization method is justified as the most suitable method. Using the ANSYS Fluent's adjoint shape optimization method, the pressure drop and the heat transfer of the heat exchanger are optimized. This method has been used in the past for optimizing various geometries, yet to the author's knowledge, no detailed study on the cylinder array has been published. Consequently, a study on the adjoint parameters and its effect on the overall performance of the optimization procedure is of importance. Furthermore, best practices and recommendations for future work regarding the adjoint optimization procedure are elaborated.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    • van der Meer, Theodorus Hendrikus, Supervisor
    Award date29 Jan 2020
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    Print ISBNs978-90-365-4900-4
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2020

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