Numerical study of the behavior of an air pre-cooler
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AuthorLópez Núñez, Javier; Zamora Parra, Blas; Viedma Robles, Antonio; Hernández Jiménez, Mónica; Sánchez Fernández, Francisco; [et al.]
Knowledge AreaMecánica de Fluidos
SponsorsThe authors acknowledge the financial support received from the Spanish Government, through Projects ENE2013-48696-C2-1-R and C2-2-R as well as by the FEDER (FondoEuropeo de Desarrollo Regional)
Realizado en/conUniversidad Miguel Hernández
Bibliographic CitationLópez Núñez, Javier & Zamora, Blas & Viedma, Antonio & Hernández, Mónica & Sánchez, Francisco & Martínez, Pedro & Martínez, Pedro Juan & Ruiz, Javier & Lucas, Manuel & Kaiser, Antonio S. (2017). Numerical study of the behavior of an air pre-cooler. Selected Papers From the 18th IAHR (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research) International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger, Heat Transfer Engineering, 16-20 October 2017, Lyon, France.
Adiabatic cooling pad
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
Introducing an air pre-cooler step before an air cooler system have been proved to improve the global efficiency of a cooling setup. Several authors have studied the mass and the heat exchanges of an air stream and the water sprayed inside an adiabatic cooling pad. However, these previous studies present their results and correlations as functions of experimental dependent parameters. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop a numerical modeling capable of characterizing the behavior of an air pre-cooling stage without the need of previous experimental tests, allowing an accurate initial study when designing an air cooler installation. Several numerical models and simulation tests have been developed by our researching group in order to get a proper approximation of the problem, and the employment of previous experimental data allowed the model validation in terms of pressure drop and air cooling efficiency. As a result, a numerical model is defined, validated, and compared with ...