This project is aimed at simulating the flow of liquid water super-heated to a temperature of 198o C (471 K) in a heat-exchanger. The primary purpose is to determine the pressure drop across the heat-exchanger and determine the mass flow distribution in the heat-exchanger pipes.
The following setup is used for this simulation.
A qualitative representation of the velocity distribution in the entire pipe-set is shown here:
Taking a closer look a the velocity distribution, it can be determined that the mass flow is not evenly distributed across all the pipe sets. This provides a basis for further quantitative analysis.
The two dimensional velocity and pressure distributions are indicative of the pressure drop across the entire heat-exchanger.
A cross-sectional view of the small pipes in the heat-exchanger.