The main goal of this study is to investigate the influence of apex angle and Reynolds number on the thermal hydraulic performance of triangular cross corrugated plates. More specifically this work focuses on triangular cross corrugated plate with the orientation angle of 90°. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method is used to conduct, three-dimensional simulations for 426 < Re < 2021 in a periodic unitary cell. The Reynolds Stress model is used as the turbulence model. The numerical results are in a very good agreement with experimental results correlation. They show deviations between 0.8 – 4.84 %. The highest thermal performances are achieved by the both apex angle of 120° and 90°. The lowest thermal performance is observed by the apex angle of 55°. The heat exchanger with the apex angle of 90° has the highest friction factor. For the Reynolds number lower than 1300, the apex angle of 120° shows the lowest friction factor. However for the Reynolds number higher than 1300, the apex angle of 55° shows the highest hydraulic performance.
Papers presented at the 13th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Portoroz, Slovenia on 17-19 July 2017 .