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The Journal of Committee on Thermodynamics and Combustion of Polish Academy of Sciences

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Volume 33, Issue 3

Experimental determination of correlations for mean heat transfer coefficients in plate fin and tube heat exchangers

Dawid Taler
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  • Institute of Heat Transfer Engineering and Air Protection, Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, Warszawska 24, 31-155 Cracow, Poland
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Published Online: 2012-11-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10173-012-0014-z


This paper presents a numerical method for determining heat transfer coefficients in cross-flow heat exchangers with extended heat exchange surfaces. Coefficients in the correlations defining heat transfer on the liquid- and air-side were determined using a nonlinear regression method. Correlation coefficients were determined from the condition that the sum of squared liquid and air temperature differences at the heat exchanger outlet, obtained by measurements and those calculated, achieved minimum. Minimum of the sum of the squares was found using the Levenberg-Marquardt method. The uncertainty in estimated parameters was determined using the error propagation rule by Gauss. The outlet temperature of the liquid and air leaving the heat exchanger was calculated using the analytical model of the heat exchanger.

Keywords: Heat transfer correlations; Tube and plate fin heat exchangers; Mathematical model

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Published Online: 2012-11-22

Published in Print: 2012-09-01

Citation Information: Archives of Thermodynamics, Volume 33, Issue 3, Pages 1–24, ISSN (Online) 2083-6023, ISSN (Print) 1231-0956, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10173-012-0014-z.

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