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Investigation of a Counter Flow Microchannel Heat Exchanger Performance with Using Nanofluid as a Coolant

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In this paper the performance of a counter flow microchannel heat exchanger (CFMCHE) is numerically investigated with a nanofluid as a cooling medium. Two types of nanofluids are used Cu-water and Al2O3-water. From the results obtained it’s found that thermal performance of CFMCHE increased with using the nanofluids as cooling medium with no extra increase in pressure drop due to the ultra fine solid particles and low volume fraction concentrations. The na-nofluids (Cu-water and Al2O3-water) volume fractions were in the range 1% to 5%. It’s also found that nanoflu-id-cooled CFMCHE could absorb more heat than water-cooled CFMCHE when the flow rate was low. For high flow rates the heat transfer was dominated by the volume flow rate and nanoparticles did not contribute to the extra heat absorption. Also the performance of CFMCHE can be increased considerably by using nanofluids with higher thermal conductivities.

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Hasan, M. , Rageb, A. and Yaghoubi, M. (2012) Investigation of a Counter Flow Microchannel Heat Exchanger Performance with Using Nanofluid as a Coolant. Journal of Electronics Cooling and Thermal Control, 2, 35-43. doi: 10.4236/jectc.2012.23004.


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