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# Heat Exchanger

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DREXEL UNIVERSITY

Thermal Systems Design
MEM 440 Design Project Group 1: Alexandria Ruggeri & Yong Peng Zhou
9/1/2012

Executive Summary ...................................................................................................................................... 3
System Definition and Problem Definition.................................................................................................. 4
Results .......................................................................................................................................................... 6
Discussion and Conclusion ........................................................................................................................... 9
References .................................................................................................................................................. 10
Appendix A ................................................................................................................................................. 11

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Executive Summary
In order to design a good system for heat recovery from exhaust air, optimization on cost and performance is the most important. To maximize the performance and reduce the heat cost and annual cost on the recovery system, heat exchangers are the main part for the optimization. The use of the Newton‐Raphson method is the most effective way to find the minimum cost of the recovery system. There are four constraint equations and six unknowns for the given system. MATLAB is used as the main method to solve them. The total cost of the system including initial cost, electrical heating cost, pump power cost, and the component’s cost is \$13251 for a year. The initial cost is \$7240, which is half of the total cost. The initial cost mainly comes from the design of the heat exchanger. For instance, fin spacing, number of rows of tubes, length of tubes, etc. The most important finding is to use different methods to determine the optimization of the thermal system.

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System Definition and Problem Definition
For this design project, students were given the challenge of optimizing an ethylene glycol runaround system for heat recovery from exhaust air. A physical illustration of the system to be optimized can be seen below in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Heat‐recovery system to be optimized
To optimize this system means to optimize, or set up parameters to obtain the best possible solution, the heating cost. The savings to be maximized can be found as the maximum difference between the the reduced heating costs and the annual costs. The optimum system for a set of heat exchangers with a pump for the ethylene glycol and an electric heater should consist of the most favorable combination of the following variables: length of the tubes in the coil, height (or number of tubes high) of the coil, number of rows of tubes deep (parallel to the path of the airflow), fin spacing, and glycol flow rate.
These variables are dependent upon each other as well as a few other unknowns to the system.

Some data to include in the problem was given. The outdoor‐air and exhaust‐air flow rates

should both be 3.0 m3/s, the coil circuiting is made up of vertical headers that feed horizontal tube circuits in parallel, which can be seen in Figure 2.

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Figure 2. Schematic of the heating system
The flow of glycol through the U bends can be considered counter to the air flow, and pure counterflow can be assumed for the coils. The copper tubes have an OD of 16mm and wall thickness of 1 mm. Tube spacing (both horizontal and vertical) is 41mm, and the average outdoor temperature is 5⁰C for 250 days of 24 hour operation. The life of the system is 10 years with 0% interest rate. Electricity cost is \$0.16 per kWh, and both the motor and pump efficiencies are 75%. The initial costs of the pump and motor are to be assumed as \$400 each, while the interconnecting piping is assumed constant at \$150.

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Results
A diagram of all of the components can be seen in Figure 2. As stated earlier, the students were to minimize the cost of running this system using constraint equations. In these constraint equations, it is best to minimize the variables: length of the tubes in the coil (L), height (or number of tubes high) of the coil (NR), number of rows of tubes deep parallel to the path of the airflow (W), fin spacing (NF), and glycol flow rate (Veg). Some other variables seen in the constraint equations are Ta,I, which is the temperature of the air right before the electric heating occurs, and Qeg, which is the volumetric flow rate of the ethylene glycol.
With all of this being said, the objective function is to minimize cost. There are a few cost equations that are to be considered, and the total of all of these will be the function to minimize. The cost equations to be considered are as follows:
Initial Cost:
0.26

18

0.024

500

1

Electrical Heating Cost:
0.75

3 1.77 24

,

10 250 24 0.16

Pump Power Cost:
0.75

10 250 24 0.16

Initial Cost of Pump, Motor, & Piping:
400

400

150

This would make the total cost:

In order to minimize this equation, we must give it some constraints. First, we can substitute Qeg with the given area of 0.000154m2 times the velocity of the glycol, so that C3 becomes
0.75

0.000154

10 250 24 0.16
6

Then, we have an equation for the pressure differential in terms of W, L, and Veg, so that we can substitute the following equation into the C3 equation, but also use it as a constraint.
5.2 0.15

0.0875

1

0.3

.

This leads to a new C3 equation of
0.75

0.000154
0.3

10 250 24 0.16
.

5.2

0.15

0.0875

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In order to optimize a system, there must be more unknowns, n, than constraint equations, m.
Since the number of constraints must be less than the unknowns, we have a perfect amount to continue with our analysis, since there are 4 equations with 6 unknowns and m>n. To solve for an optimum solution when there are multiple constraints and unknowns, it is best to use a processing software, such as Matlab. This was done by the students. In this case, it was also ideal to use the Newton‐Raphson method, which uses successive substitution until a value converges to have very little error. The entirety of the code can be seen in the Appendix, but a snip of it below in Figure 3 shows the equations used.

Figure 3. Snip of Matlab code containing the equations used
As seen in the Appendix, the code was set up with initial guesses for the unknowns were given as well as all of the constraint equations. Then, a while loop was set up to reiterate the function of converging using error found in the matrices that were set up. The Newton‐Raphson method was set up, and then at the end of the code, the total for each cost, as well as the overall cost can be seen.

An optimized solution was found using this method. There were a few issues along the way, but

the results were found, nonetheless. As for the results, the individual costs as well as total costs can be seen below in Table 1.

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Table 1. Cost of the System

Initial Cost
\$7,240.20
Electic Heating Cost
\$3,845.00
Pump Power Cost
\$1,215.90
Cost of Pump, Motor, & Piping \$950.00
Total Cost
\$13,251.10

The initially guessed values were changed during the iterations. The optimum values for each of these can be seen below in Table 2.
Table 2. Optimized Values for Unknowns

Unknown
NR
W
L
NF
Veg
Tai

Initial Guess
5
1
0.5
15
10
23.9

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Optimum Value
5
1
0.5
15
35.69
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Discussion and Conclusion

By using the Newton‐Raphson method, the students were able to solve for an optimized system

for the given heating system. There were a few complications when using Matlab. The main issue was that there was an issue with the number of iterations that were performed. This was solved by simply changing the initial values so that it would converge to the optimum solution. There were no assumptions in values that needed to be made to simplify the number of unknowns and constraints.

Overall, the students learned about optimization, the Newton‐Raphson method, Matlab coding,

and thermal systems. This project was a well‐rounded assignment that students were able to gain much experience from.

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References
Janna, W.S. (2009). Design of Fluid Thermal Systems (3rd ed.). Thomson Learning.
Stoecker, W.F. (1989). Design of Thermal Systems (3rd ed.). Mc‐Graw‐Hill.

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Appendix A: Matlab Script
% Solve non-linear algebraic equations using Newton-Raphson method
% Problem 6.15 (Stoecker Text)
% The problem formulation gives the following system of equations:
%
f(1)= 0.26*(18+0.024)*(x(4)+500)*x(2)*(x(3)*(x(1)+1)); %%initial cost
%
f(2)= 0.75*3*1.77*1005.7*(24-x(7))*10*250*24*0.16; %%electrical heating cost % f(3)= 0.75*x(6)*0.000154*x(5)*10*250*24*0.16; %%pump power cost
%
f(4)= 400+400+150; %%cost of pump, motor, and piping
%
f(5)= f(1)+f(2)+f(3)+f(4);
%
f(1)=
0.26*(18+0.024)*(x(4)+500)*x(2)*(x(3)*(x(1)+1))+0.75*3*1.77*1005.7*(24x(7))*10*250*24*0.16+0.75*x(6)*0.000154*x(5)*10*250*24*0.16+400+400+150;
% This Program starts with initial guesses and continuously updates the
% solution
% set initial guess clear all; clc; %initial guess x(1)=5; x(2)=1; x(3)=0.5; x(4)=15; x(5)=10; x(6)=23.9999;
% Here x(1) is NR, x(2) is W, x(3) is L, x(4) is NF, x(5) is Veg, x(6) is
% Qeg and x(7) is Tai disp(sprintf('Initial Condition:\n')); disp(sprintf('NR W
L
NF
Veg
Tai')); disp(sprintf('------------------------------------------------------')); disp(sprintf('%0.1f
%0.1f
%0.1f
%0.1f
%0.1f
%0.1f\n',x(1),x(2),x(3),x(4),x(5),x(6)));
% initialize the function array f = zeros(length(x),1);
% initialize the derivative array df = zeros(length(x),length(x));
% initialize the 'error' error=1E8; % initialize iteration number i = 0; maxi = 30; disp(sprintf('Solution:\n')); 1 1

disp(sprintf('Iteration No.
NR
W
L
NF
Veg
Tai')); disp(sprintf('-------------------------------------------------------------------')); % do the iteration while error > 1E-5 i = i + 1;
% calculate the f values f(1)= 0.26*(18+0.024)*(x(4)+500)*x(2)*(x(3)*(x(1)+1)); %%initial cost f(2)= 0.75*3*1.77*1005.7*(24-x(6))*10*250*24*0.16; %%electrical heating cost f(3)= 0.75*5.2*(0.15*x(2)*x(3)+0.0875*(x(2)1)+0.3)*(x(5)^1.75)*0.000154*x(5)*10*250*24*0.16; %%pump power cost f(4)= 400+400+150; %%cost of pump, motor, and piping
%
f(5)= 5.2*(0.15*x(2)*x(3)+0.0875*(x(2)-1)+0.3)*x(5); %%constraint equation for differential pressure
% calculate the derivative values
% df(1,1) stores the value of derivative df1/dx1 df(1,1) = (0.26*(18+0.024)*(x(4)+500)*x(2)*x(3)); df(1,2) = 0.26*0.024*(x(4)+500)*x(3)*(x(4)+1); df(1,3) = 0.26*(18+0.024)*(x(4)+500)*x(2)*(x(1)+1); df(1,4) = 0.024*0.26*x(2)*x(3)*(x(1)+1); df(1,5) = 0; df(1,6) = 0; df(2,1) = 0; df(2,2) = 0; df(2,3) = 0; df(2,4) = 0; df(2,5) = 0; df(2,6) = 0.75*3*1.77*1005.7*10*250*24*0.16; df(3,1) = 0; df(3,2) = 0; df(3,3) = 0; df(3,4) = 0; df(3,5) = x(6)*0.75*10*250*24*0.16*0.000154; df(3,6) = x(5)*0.75*10*250*24*0.16*0.000154; df(4,1) = 0; df(4,2) = 0; df(4,3) = 0; df(4,4) = 0; df(4,5) = 0; df(4,6) = 0;
%
df(5,1) = 0;
%
df(5,2) = 0.52*x(5)*(0.15*x(3)+0.0875);
%
df(5,3) = 0.52*x(5)*(0.15*x(2));
%
df(5,4) = 0;
%
df(5,5) = 5.2*(0.15*x(2)*x(3)+0.0875*(x(2)-1)+0.3);
%
df(5,6) = 0;
%
df(5,7) = 0; df; f; y=-df/f'; 1 2

%x(1)=x(1)+y';
%x(2)=x(2)+y';
%x(3)=x(3)+y';
%x(4)=x(4)+y';
%x(5)=x(5)+y';
%x(6)=x(6)+y';
%x(7)=x(7)+y';

error=sqrt(y(1)*y(1)+y(2)*y(2)+y(3)*y(3)+y(4)*y(4)+y(5)*y(5)+y(6)*y(6)); error(i)=sqrt(f(1)*f(1)+f(2)*f(2)+f(3)*f(3)+f(4)*f(4)+f(5)*f(5)); % set the 'A' marix
A=[
df(1,1) df(2,1) df(3,1) df(4,1) x=[

df(1,3) df(2,3) df(3,3) df(4,3) df(1,4) df(2,4) df(3,4) df(4,4) df(1,5) df(2,5) df(3,5) df(4,5) df(1,6); df(2,6); df(3,6); df(4,6)]; x(1); x(2); x(3); x(4); x(5); x(6)]; f=[

df(1,2) df(2,2) df(3,2) df(4,2) f(1); f(2); f(3); f(4)]; % calculate dx xc=linsolve(A,f); % correct the solution (x) x=x-xc; disp(sprintf('\t%d \t\t\t%0.3f\t%0.3f \t%0.3f
\t%0.3f\t%0.3f\t%0.3f\t%0.3f',i,x(1),x(2),x(3),x(4),x(5),x(6)));
% calculate the relative error error=max(abs(xc/x)); if (i > maxi) error = 0; s=sprintf('****Did not converge within %3.0f iterations.****',maxi); disp(s) end
% continue loop end f(1)

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f(2) f(3) f(4) f(1)+f(2)+f(3)+f(4) 1 4

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...SPARTAN HEAT EXCHANGERS INC. On June 10, Rick Coyne, materials manager at Spartan Heat Exchangers Inc. (Spartan), in Springfield, Missouri, received a call from Max Brisco, vice president of manufacturing: “What can materials department do to facilitate Spartan’s new business strategy? I’ll need your plan in next week.” SPARTAN HEAT EXCHANGERS Spartan was a leading designer and manufacturer of specialized industrial heat transfer equipment. Its customers operated in a number of industries such as steel, aluminium smelting, hydroelectricity generation, pulp and paper, refining, and petrochemical. The company’s primary products included transformer coolers, motor and generator coolers, air-cooled heat exchangers, and transformer oil coolers. Spartan’s combination of fin-tube and time-proven heat exchanger designs had gained wide recognition bot in North America and internationally. Sales revenues were \$25 million and Spartan operated in a 125,000-square-foot plant. Spartan was owned by Krimmer Industries, a large privately held corporation with more than 10,000 employees worldwide, head-quartered in Denver. Rick Coyne summarized the business strategy of Spartan during the past ten years: “We were willing to do anything for every customer with respect to their heat transfer requirements. We were willing to do trial and error on the shop floor and provide a customer with his or her own unique heat transfer products.” He added, “Our design and manufacturing people derived......

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