Plate Heat Exchanger

Application ID: 252

The model has its emphasis on heat transport in a very small heat exchanger that is commonly used in the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In this case, it might be a reactive processes that needs heating.

The heat exchanger itself is constructed by stacking several pleated sheets or plates on top of each other while leaving a gap in between. The fluid used to transfer heat circulates in gaps between the corrugated walls.

To simplify the modeling, only a cross section between two plates is studied. The shape of the plates is, in this case, sinusoidal in order to increase the heat transfer area. The model is made more relevant by making the material properties, heat capacity, and viscosity functions of temperature — a true multiphysics model.

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