Maximizing 3-Phase Direct-Contact Heat-Exchanger Output

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Findings that maximize output performance of three-phase spray columns show that dramatic increases in total heat transfer can be achieved. Results from simulations are presented that show when the dispersed fluid is introduced into the exchanger at or near its saturation temperature, increases of approximately a half order of magnitude are possible. In some cases, reversals in previously reported trends are found when direct-contact heat exchanger operating limits are expanded, shedding new tight on possible optimization of direct-contact heat exchanger design and output.


Energy consumption; Heat exchangers; Heat – Transmission; Mechanical efficiency


Engineering | Heat Transfer, Combustion | Mechanical Engineering


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