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Performance analysis and optimization of rectangular fin arrays used in plate-fin heat exchangers

ABSTRACT
This paper deals with longitudinal rectangular fin arrays used in plate-fin heat exchangers. The temperature distribution and rate of heat transfer were obtained using one dimensional (1-D) and two-dimensional (2-D) solutions. The ranges of independent parameters within which the 1-D solution was within 1% from the 2-D solution were determined. Simple analytical solutions were determined for the rate of heat transfer, fin effectiveness, and augmentation factor. The aspect ratio at which the rate of heat transfer reached a maximum was determined, as well as the corresponding effectiveness and augmentation factor.
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PAPER SUBMITTED: 2019-09-26
PAPER REVISED: 2020-07-29
PAPER ACCEPTED: 2020-07-31
PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2020-08-08
DOI REFERENCE: https://doi.org/10.2298/TSCI190926213W
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