Improvement of thermo-hydraulic performance with plate surface geometry for a compact plate heat exchanger manufactured by additive manufacturing

Goltas M., GÜREL B., KEÇEBAŞ A., Akkaya V. R., GÜLER O. V.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER, vol.188, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 188
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2022.122637
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Metadex, zbMATH, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Additive manufacturing method, Biomimicry, Compact plate heat exchanger, Heat transfer enhancement, Plate surface pattern design, Thermo-hydraulic performance, PRESSURE-DROP, THERMAL PERFORMANCE, FLOW, DESIGN
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Today, compact PHEs produced by additive manufacturing method have emerged when high heat transfer and low-pressure drop are required from PHEs under high temperature and pressure operating conditions. This has resulted in attention to the design of the plate surface geometry. In this study, a PHE of compact class of which plate surface has a lung pattern was fabricated by additive manufacturing method for their purpose of pressure drop reduction and improvement of heat transfer. The novel compact PHE was tested under single-phase water flow conditions. In addition, the thermal performance of the designed PHE was investigated numerically. As a result of the study, the hot side heat transfer rate of the lung patterned PHE was reported as 3206.06W and 2891.36W, with a 10% deviation according to the experimental and numerical results, respectively. For a water-to-water PHE, a good performance and pressure drop has been achieved by using the geometric features of the existing commercial PHEs, such as the minimum plate thickness (0.5mm) and the distance between two plates (1.5mm), in the developed design. Thus, the number of plates and the volume of the PHE can be reduced for the same amount of heat transfer in commercial PHEs. In addition, this study provides indications of the importance of plate surface geometry design for compact PHEs produced by additive manufacturing. (c) 2022 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.