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Numerical analysis of high temperature minichannel heat exchanger for recuperative microturbine system

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Considering the development of energy sector, distributed small-scale power generation, e.g., gas micro-CHP, is attracting considerable interest. In such installations, the heat exchanger is one of the key components possessing a significant influence on overall performance. Most studies concentrate on units operating below 900C, which do not fulfil the requirements of gas micro-CHP. Therefore, there remains a challenge to design a compact heat exchanger with passive technologies of heat transfer enhancement. This work describes the implementation of the own construction of a plate minichannel heat exchanger for high-efficiency gas microturbine engines with an external combustion chamber, supplied with air at a temperature of about 1000C. The results of this study will greatly contribute to the increase of system efficiency. To understand transport phenomena occurring inside it, a numerical model of the entire heat exchanger was developed in OpenFOAM. Defined boundary conditions were based on experimental data used also to validate the numerical model. The pressure drop experimental and numerical results agreed within the 2%-14% range, while the heat rate ones e within the 1%-8% of the range. In addition, numerical analysis exhibited the limits of thermal and exergetic efficiency values possible to be obtained, when the boundary conditions are strongly controlled.

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Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.1016/j.energy.2021.121683
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artykuły w czasopismach
Published in:
ENERGY no. 238,
ISSN: 0360-5442
Language:
English
Publication year:
2022
Bibliographic description:
Wajs J., Kura T., Mikielewicz D., Fornalik-Wajs E., Mikielewicz J.: Numerical analysis of high temperature minichannel heat exchanger for recuperative microturbine system// ENERGY -Vol. 238,iss. Part A (2022), s.121683-
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Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.1016/j.energy.2021.121683
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Gdańsk University of Technology

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