Study of a multi-phase hybrid heat exchanger-reactor (HEX reactor): Part I – Experimental characterization Academic Article uri icon


  • This study focuses on gaining fundamental insights into the sparsely explored area of reacting multiphase flows in a compact heat exchanger. Chevron plate heat exchangers have been demonstrated to possess superior thermal performance, scalability, and mixing capability compared to more traditional shell-in-tube heat exchangers or stirred tank batch reactors. This study explores the hydrodynamic behavior of gas-evolving reacting flows in chevron plate heat exchangers. Experimental characterization of a plate heat exchanger/chemical reactor (in multi-phase flow configuration) utilizing high-speed video and axial pressure measurements was conducted. Existing correlations that were developed using air-water flow in PHEs predicted with acceptable accuracy the total pressure drop in the HEX reactor. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Niedbalski, N., Johnson, D., Patnaik, S. S., & Banerjee, D.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • March 2014