Ansys Fluent – Heat Exchanger (Shell and Tubes)

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March 10, 2020

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Source: Thermopedia

A heat exchanger is a device used to transfer heat between two or more fluids. The fluids can be single or two phase and, depending on the exchanger type, may be separated or in direct contact. Devices involving energy sources such as nuclear fuel pins or fired heaters are not normally regarded as heat exchangers although many of the principles involved in their design are the same.

In order to discuss heat exchangers it is necessary to provide some form of categorization. There are two approaches that are normally taken. The first considers the flow configuration within the heat exchanger, while the second is based on the classification of equipment type primarily by construction. Both are considered here.

Classification of Heat Exchangers by Flow Configuration

There are four basic flow configurations:

  • Counter Flow

  • Cocurrent Flow

  • Crossflow

  • Hybrids such as Cross Counterflow and Multi Pass Flow

In this tutorial you will learn to simulate a Heat Exchanger (Shell and Tubes) using Ansys Fluent. You can download the mesh from this link.

We share the same tutorial using ANSYS CFX.

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