Parametric study of a symmetric flow distributor

Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado, Abel Hernandez-Guerrero, Daniel Juarez-Robles, Peiwen Li, J. C. Rubio-Arana

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Abstract

A parametric study was conducted in order to reduce the pressure drop and to improve the uniformity of flow distribution in a symmetric flow distributor. A CFD model was employed to simulate the flow behavior by solving the Navier-Stokes equations in a complete 3D model. The present work is a complete parametric study of a base model, reported in previous studies, but keeping the same flow pattern. To improve the performance of the base design, three known successive parametric ratios, as functions of the hydraulic diameters of the channels, were tested in order to study the advantages and disadvantages of each one in terms of two dimensionless parameters that measure the uniformity of flow distribution. A remarkable improvement in the performance of the base model was achieved by modifying the width ratio of the channels. The present work is a contribution to the study of flow distributors to be used as heat exchangers, PEMFC flow channels and other flow devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2009, IMECE 2009
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages883-889
Number of pages7
EditionPART B
ISBN (Print)9780791843826
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
EventASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE2009 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 13 2009Nov 19 2009

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings
NumberPART B
Volume9

Other

OtherASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE2009
CountryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL
Period11/13/0911/19/09

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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Ramos-Alvarado, B., Hernandez-Guerrero, A., Juarez-Robles, D., Li, P., & Rubio-Arana, J. C. (2010). Parametric study of a symmetric flow distributor. In Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2009, IMECE 2009 (PART B ed., pp. 883-889). (ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings; Vol. 9, No. PART B). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2009-11149