Advanced Search
DSpace@MIT

The effect of manufacturing tolerances and header design on heat exchanger effectiveness

Research and Teaching Output of the MIT Community

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor David Gordon Wilson. en_US
dc.contributor.author Booten, Charles (Charles William), 1978- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-08-23T16:19:49Z
dc.date.available 2005-08-23T16:19:49Z
dc.date.copyright 2001 en_US
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/8914
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2001. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 125-129). en_US
dc.description.abstract This study seeks to analyze the effect of manufacturing defects and inlet header design on the effectiveness of heat exchangers. A commercial computational fluid dynamics code, FLUENT 5.4, was used to numerically simulate individual and pairs of passages as well as sections of an inlet header and heat-exchanger core. The one- and two passage models show that the four representative manufacturing defects do not have a large impact on overall effectiveness, even when the defects are quite large relative to the passage dimensions. The core and header sections showed that the basic header contour and the angle of the incoming flow as well as the pressure drop through the core have a significant impact on the flow distribution. Small variations in the header dimensions and the core/header aspect ratio have little effect on the effectiveness. Decreasing the angle the incoming flow turns through and increasing the pressure drop through the core both create a more even flow distribution through the heat exchanger, hence increasing its effectiveness. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Charles Booten. en_US
dc.format.extent 129 p. en_US
dc.format.extent 9609962 bytes
dc.format.extent 9609719 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title The effect of manufacturing tolerances and header design on heat exchanger effectiveness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 48889728 en_US


Files in this item

Name Size Format Description
48889728-MIT.pdf 13.76Mb PDF Full printable version

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

MIT-Mirage