THERMAL AND HYDRAULIC PERFORMANCE OF SPINE FIN TUBE HEAT EXCHANGERS AT LOW REYNOLDS NUMBER CONDITIONS
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The goal of this work is to present the air-side thermal and hydraulic performance of heat exchangers with spine-fin surface augmentation. Although not as common as plain / plate fin, spine-fin heat exchangers have been used for decades in household refrigeration evaporators and in the outdoor coils of household air-conditioning systems. Of particular interest in this study, was the performance at low air-side Reynolds numbers (500 – 900). Heat transfer coefficients for this geometry were evaluated for samples of varying fin pitch, fin height and tube diameter in both parallel and angled bank arrangements. Water was selected as the hot fluid operating in the turbulent regime with mass flow rates varying at each airflow rate test point. Static cold and hot stream temperatures were maintained for all tests. Air-side heat transfer coefficient (AHTC) is highest for the lower diameter tube heat exchangers and increases in fin pitch lowered the AHTC. This behavior is not seen in plain fin, microchannel and other heat exchangers.