Optimisation of Metallic FibreNetwork Materials for Compact Heat Exchangers

Golosnoy, I.O., Cockburn, A. and Clyne, T.W. (2008) Optimisation of Metallic FibreNetwork Materials for Compact Heat Exchangers. Advanced Engineering Materials, 10, (3), 210-218.


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This paper describes an experimental and analytical study of conductive and convective heat transport in metallic fibre network materials. Thermal profiles were measured while gas flowed through such networks. The lateral heat flow rate was found to be proportional to the logarithm of the mean temperature difference between the inlet gas and the wall. Such behaviour is expected when transverse heat flow is a dominant process. An analytical model is developed to simulate the performance of compact heat exchangers based on fibre networks. A study is presented of the inter-relationships between heat transfer performance, fibre network properties, system dimensions and pump characteristics. Some guidelines are presented for controlling the architecture of such fibre network materials, so as to optimise their performance as heat exchangers.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1438-1656
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Keywords: Fibre Network Material; Heat Exchangers; Heat Flow; Highly Porous Metallic Material
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > EEE
ePrint ID: 265344
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March 2008Published
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2008 14:38
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:10
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265344

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