Journal of
Mechanical Engineering Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Mech. Eng. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2383
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMER
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 119

Full Length Research Paper

Investigation into radiation of a plate-fin heat exchanger with strip fins

Masoud Asadi
  • Masoud Asadi
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Azad Islamic University Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran
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Ramin Haghighi Khoshkhoo
  • Ramin Haghighi Khoshkhoo
  • Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Power and Water University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
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  •  Accepted: 12 April 2013
  •  Published: 30 April 2013



The objective of this study is to analyze the heat transfer by radiation in a plate-fin heat exchanger. Strip fins are employed to enhance heat transfer. Compact heat exchanger has been in use for many applications, including automobile, radiators, air-conditioning systems and electronic cooling devices. However, one of the important application of them is in microturbine cycle, where hot stream enter the heat exchanger with temperature of 950°C. So, heat transfer by radiation is important due to high temperature. However, the results show that when there is forced convection in the plate-fin heat exchanger the radiation is negligible, because of low value of the fin height and flow length. 


Key words: Radiation, plate-fin heat exchanger, heat transfer coefficient, forced convection.