Experimental study of heat transfer enhancement due to the surface vibrations in a flexible double pipe heat exchanger

Research paper by A. Hosseinian, A. H. Meghdadi Isfahani

Indexed on: 06 Nov '17Published on: 04 Nov '17Published in: Heat and Mass Transfer


In this study, the heat transfer enhancement due to the surface vibration for a double pipe heat exchanger, made of PVDF, is investigated. In order to create forced vibrations (3–9 m/s2, 100 Hz) on the outer surface of the heat exchanger electro-dynamic vibrators are used. Experiments were performed at inner Reynolds numbers ranging from 2533 to 9960. The effects of volume flow rate and temperature on heat transfer performance are evaluated. Results demonstrated that heat transfer coefficient increases by increasing vibration level and mass flow rate. The most increase in heat transfer coefficient is 97% which is obtained for the highest vibration level (9 m/s2) in the experiment range.