Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger

Application ID: 109881

This tutorial model shows how a plate-fin heat exchanger made of aluminum is used to cool down hot oil with colder air.

In order to maximize heat transfer, the heat exchanger is made of a porous aluminum matrix in which the hot oil flows. Heat is conducted through aluminum fins in contact with the porous matrix. These fins are modeled as thin layers, meaning their thickness is not drawn but taken into account in the heat transfer equation.

This model example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products: