Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer at Micro- and Meso-Scales With Application to Heat Exchanger Design

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S. S. Mehendale, A. M. Jacobi

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL 61801

R. K. Shah

Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems, Lockport, NY

Appl. Mech. Rev 53(7), 175-193 (Jul 01, 2000) (19 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3097347 History: Online April 09, 2009


By their very nature, compact heat exchangers allow an efficient use of material, volume, and energy in thermal systems. These benefits have driven heat exchanger design toward higher compactness, and the trend toward ultra-compact designs will continue. Highly compact surfaces can be manufactured using micro-machining and other modern technologies. In this paper, unresolved thermal-hydraulic issues related to ultra-compact designs are discussed, and the status of the technologies required for the production of ultra-compact structured surfaces is summarized. This review article includes 67 references.

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