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dc.contributor.advisorBar-Cohen, Avramen_US
dc.contributor.advisorRodgers, Peteren_US
dc.contributor.authorLuckow, Patrick Wassen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-03T05:52:18Z
dc.date.available2009-07-03T05:52:18Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/9388
dc.description.abstractIndustrial cooling with seawater, particularly natural gas liquefaction in arid environments, places large strains on existing heat exchanger designs. High temperature, high salinity water damages metals and leads to devices with a short useful life. Cost effective, corrosion resistant heat exchangers are required to fully utilize available saline water resources. Thermally conductive polymer composites, using carbon fiber fillers to enhance conductivity, are a promising material. This Thesis provides a characterization, analysis, and optimization of heat exchangers built of anisotropic thermally conductive polymers. The energy content of such polymers is compared to several other materials, and the required content of carbon-fiber fillers is studied for optimum conductivity enhancement. A methodology for the optimization of low thermal conductivity fins, and subsequently heat exchangers, is presented. Finally, the thermal performance of a prototype thermally enhanced polymer heat exchanger is experimentally verified, and compared to numerical and analytical results.en_US
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.titleMINIMUM ENERGY DESIGN OF SEAWATER HEAT EXCHANGERSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnergyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEngineering, Mechanicalen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcorrosionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledenergyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledheat exchangeren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledheat transferen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledleast-materialen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrollednatural gasen_US


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