Conjugate heat and mass transfer processes across membrane heat exchangers of variable mass transportation resistance were investigated numerically. One half of flow channel for the hot stream and another for the adjacent cold stream were simulated. Effects of channel height, Reynolds number and flow direction on heat exchanger thermal effectiveness and energy recovered were studied. The validated CFD model showed that values of moisture resistance decrease with the increase in flow rates and/or the decrease in vapour mass fractions on both sides of the membrane. Furthermore, total hydraulic diameter effects on the thermal efficiency within membrane heat exchangers were found strong.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Applied Thermal Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Jun 2015|
- Conjugate heat transfer
- Conjugate mass transfer
- Energy recovery
- Variable resistance heat exchanger