Study of a multi-phase hybrid heat exchanger-reactor (HEX reactor): Part II – Numerical prediction of thermal performance Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Numerical models were developed to assess the thermal performance of a HEX reactor with solid-to-gas reacting flow. Based on the experimental results obtained in part I of this study, numerical models were developed to predict the thermal performance of a plate heat exchanger-based HEX reactor involving multi-phase flow with chemical reactions. A reduced-order numerical model of a chevron plate heat exchanger was developed with thermal and momentum transfer analogies. Empirical correlations for momentum transfer and void fraction (validated in part I of this study) were implemented in the numerical model. The numerical model, coded in Maple 13™, was used to size a compact reactor with a thermal load rating of 2 kW for the desired operating temperature; the modeling framework developed can also be used to study different candidate gas-generating reacting species, working fluids, and PHE configurations.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • March 2014