Modeling of flow in heat exchangers optimised for additive manufacturing
The proposed research aims to 3D print a series of heat exchangers in plastic and metal to optimize the pressure drop and heat transfer. An initial prototype will produce experimental data to validate a numerical model, which can then be used to rapidly evaluate future heat exchanger designs. Optimizing the pressure drop and heat transfer will lead to an increase in energy efficiency of the heat exchanger. Overall, the partner organization will benefit from an optimized 3-D printed heat exchanger product, as well as a numerical model to allow them to quickly evaluate the performance of a novel heat exchanger design.