Numerical investigation of the performance of a triple concentric pipe heat exchanger

G. A. Quadir, Irfan Anjum Badruddin, N. J. Salman Ahmed

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The performance of a triple concentric pipe heat exchanger is carried out numerically using finite element method (FEM) under steady state conditions for different flow arrangements and for insulated as well as non-insulated conditions of the heat exchanger. The three fluids being considered are hot water, cold water and the normal tap water. The results are presented in the form of the dimensionless temperature variations of the three fluids along the length of the heat exchanger for their different flow rates. It is found that the numerical predictions of the temperature variations of the three fluids by using FEM follow closely to those obtained from experiments both in magnitude and trend provided correct overall heat transfer coefficients are used. Parametric studies are also carried out to show the effect of the individual design parameter on the performance of the heat exchanger.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-172
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Finite element method
  • Performance analysis
  • Triple concentric pipe heat exchanger

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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