Study of 'Shell and Tube'-Heat-Exchanger exhibiting different tube arrangements

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Short description and remarks
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Short description and remarks

Engineering point of view

'Shell and Tube'-Heat-Exchanger are widely spread in the field of chemical engineering. Still it is not clear how to arrange the tubes inside the apparatus in order to get a optimal heat-transfer-behaviour. Beginning from a simple configuration with only one tube we studied cases for 2x2 upto 5x5 tube arrangemnets for constant circumference as well as constant area.

Mathematical point of view

We studied a 2D cutplane of the above described apparatus. Fluid flow calculation in a square of 4 units with 4 circles of radius 0.375, located at (1.334,1.334), (2.667,1.334), (2.667,2.667), (1.334,2.667). The calculation starts from rest. The flow is observed with the Reynolds number, Re = 1000. This simulation is part of a Software-Praktikum at the University of Dortmund in 2004.


  • Distribution of temperature/concentration via Boussinesq model

    Visualization via temperature distribution from the heated circle, shaded (1.3 MB).

  • Pressure

    Visualization via pressure plots, shaded (1.3 MB).

  • Streamfunction

    Visualization via streamline plots (1.3 MB).

  • Velocity

    Visualization via velocity plots (1.3 MB).

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