A compact gas to gas heat exchanger needs large heat transfer areas on both fluid sides. This can be realised by adding secondary surfaces. The secondary surfaces are plate fin, strip fin, and louvered fin, etc. The fins extend the heat transfer surfaces and promote turbulence. This paper presents a gas to gas heat exchanger with strip fins. The heat exchanger design and construction are based on a method to seal rectangular strip fins in slots in opposite walls of a rectangular pipe. Fins are fixed and sealed to the walls simultaneously by high temperature brazing of glass mixed with metals in a furnace. The additional advantage of glass is that it forms a coating on the heat transfer surface to protect the surface from corrosion. A number of measurements were carried out to test the performance of this heat exchanger. Not surprisingly, the measurement results indicate that heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop increase with the ratio of heat transfer area to volume (fin density). Colburn factor and friction factor versus Reynolds number are presented.
- Heat exchanger
- Strip fin