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Chemical Engineering and Science. 2015, 3(1), 12-18
DOI: 10.12691/ces-3-1-3
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Theoretical-Experimental Study of the Effect of the External Plates on the Thermal Performance of a Plate Heat Exchanger

Julio del Angel Soto1, Martín T. Martínez G.1 and José Luis Magaña1,

1Department of Chemicals Engineering, University of Guanajuato, Cerro de la venada s/n, CP. 36040

Pub. Date: January 03, 2016

Cite this paper:
Julio del Angel Soto, Martín T. Martínez G. and José Luis Magaña. Theoretical-Experimental Study of the Effect of the External Plates on the Thermal Performance of a Plate Heat Exchanger. Chemical Engineering and Science. 2015; 3(1):12-18. doi: 10.12691/ces-3-1-3

Abstract

In this work we present a theoretical-experimental research on the thermal phenomena that the endplates present on the performance of the plate heat exchangers in a single step and with a U type configuration. The endplate effect is reflected in a reduction of the temperature difference for heat transfer. The model discusses a theoretical focus that includes the elongation factor, which is a parameter that relates the actual area to the projected area of a plate. This model was performed to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 channel flow; therefore the experimentation was carried out to validate the theoretical model, it was carried out for 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 flow channels. Such results show that the theoretical model deviates in a 5% of the experimental values. The results obtained for theorical temperature correction factor presents a maximum deviation of ± 0.0245 with respect to the experimental values.

Keywords:
heat plates exchanger terminal effect end plates elongation factor flow channels

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