Thermodynamic optimization of tree-shaped flow geometries

In this paper we optimize the performance of several classes of simple flow systems consisting of T- and Y-shaped assemblies of ducts, channels and streams. In each case, the objective is to identify the geometric configuration that maximizes performance subject to several global constraints. Maximum thermodynamic performance is achieved by minimization of the entropy generated in the assemblies. The boundary conditions are fixed heat flow per unit length and uniform and constant heat flux. The flow is assumed laminar and fully developed. Every geometrical detail of the optimized structure is deduced from the constructal law. Performance evaluation criterion is proposed for evaluation and comparison of the effectiveness of different tree-shaped design heat exchangers. This criterion takes into account and compare the entropy generated in the system with heat transfer performance achieved. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zimparov, VD; Silva, AKD; Bejan, A

Published Date

  • 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 9-10

Start / End Page

  • 1619 - 1630

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0017-9310

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2005.11.016

Citation Source

  • SciVal