Calculation of Fluid Flow Distribution Inside a Compact Ceramic High Temperature Heat Exchanger and Chemical Decomposer

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Numerical analysis of flow distribution inside a compact ceramic high temperature heat exchanger and chemical decomposer (thereafter, heat exchanger), which will be used for hydrogen production, wherein the sulfur iodine thermochemical cycle is performed. To validate the numerical model, experimental investigation of the heat exchanger is accomplished. The study of the flow distribution in the base line design heat exchanger shows that the design has large-flow maldistribution and the reverse flow may occur at poor inlet and outlet manifold configurations. To enhance uniformity of the flow rate distribution among the heat exchanger internal channels, several improved designs of the heat exchanger manifolds and supply channels are proposed. The proposed designs have a sufficiently uniform flow rate distribution among the internal channels, with an appropriate pressure drop.


Ceramics; Heat exchangers; Hydrogen as fuel; Fluid mechanics


Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics | Energy Systems | Fluid Dynamics | Heat Transfer, Combustion | Mechanical Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy


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