Air-side heat transfer enhancement in fin-tube heat exchangers using forced vibrations under various conditions

Minjoong Kim, Changho Han, Changhyeon Baek, Yongchan Kim

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Forced vibrations can occur in fin-tube heat exchangers (FTHEs) by compressors, fans, and the driving conditions of automobiles. Accordingly, the effects of forced vibrations on the heat transfer performance of FTHEs in refrigeration systems and heat pumps should be investigated in detail for their practical design. However, few studies have investigated the improvement in heat transfer by vibrations in FTHEs. In this study, air-side heat transfer enhancement in FTHEs by applying forced vibrations is experimentally investigated. The heat transfer performance of the FTHEs was measured by varying the air-side Reynolds number, vibrational frequency, vibrational amplitude, and fin pitch. For practical purposes, the heat transfer characteristics of the FTHEs were analyzed under constant vibrational power, force, and velocity. The heat transfer enhancement increased with an increase in the vibrational frequency, amplitude, and fin pitch, whereas it decreased with an increase in the air-side Reynolds number. A correlation for heat transfer enhancement using forced vibrations was developed as a function of nondimensional operating and geometrical parameters. The results can be used to predict heat transfer enhancement by vibrations and the FTHE design for heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106798
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Publication statusPublished - 2023 May

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  • Air-side heat transfer
  • Fin-tube heat exchanger
  • Forced vibrations
  • Heat transfer enhancement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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