Investigations of heat transfer and pressure drop between parallel channels with pseudoplastic and dilatant fluids

Simsoo Park, Dong Ryul Lee

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Central to the problem of heat exchangers design is the prediction of pressure drop and heat transfer in the noncircular exchanger duct passages such as parallel channels. Numerical solutions for laminar fully developed flow are presented for the pressure drop (friction factor times Reynolds number) and heat transfer (Nusselt numbers) with thermal boundary conditions [constant heat flux (CHF) and constant wall temperature (CWT)] for a pseu-doplastic and dilatant non-Newtonian fluid flowing between infinite parallel channels. A shear rate parameter could be used for the prediction of the shear rate range for a specified set of operating conditions that has Newtonian behavior at low shear rates, power law behavior at high shear rates, and a transition region in between. Numerical results of the Nusselt number [constant heat flux (CHF) and constant wall temperature (CWT)] and the product of the friction factor and Reynolds number for the Newtonian region were compared with the literature values showing agreement within 0.36% in the Newtonian region. For pseudoplastic and dilatant non-Newtonian fluids, the modified power law model is recommended to use because the fluid properties have big discrepancies between the power law model and the actual values in low and medium range of shear rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3601-3608
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 15


  • Dilatant fluid
  • Modified power law
  • Non-Newtonian fluid
  • Parallel channel
  • Pseudoplastic fluid
  • Shear rate parameter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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