Impact of classical assumptions in modelling a microchannel gas cooler

Autores UPV
Revista International Journal of Refrigeration


Most of the current air-to-refrigerant heat exchanger models use the classic ¿-NTU approach, or some of its assumptions. These models do not account for longitudinal heat conduction in the tube and the fin, and the heat conduction between different tubes. This paper presents a more fundamental numerical approach to heat exchanger modelling which takes into account the 2D longitudinal heat conduction in any element, does not apply the fin theory, and captures a more detailed representation of air properties. Using the fundamental numerical approach, the paper assesses the impact of the traditional heat exchanger model assumptions when modelling a microchannel gas cooler working with CO 2. The study revealed significant differences in capacity predictions depending on the ¿-NTU relationship adopted. Large errors in capacity prediction of individual tubes occurred due to the adiabatic-fin-tip assumption when the neighbouring tubes were of different temperature. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.