Experimental investigation of heat transfer rates and pressure drops through compact heat exchangers: Where the Heat Exchanger is Angled Relative to the Incoming Airflow
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

This paper presents pressure drops and heat transfer rates for compact heat exchangers, where the heat exchangers are angled 90°, 60°, 30° and 10° relative to the incoming airflow. The investigation is based on two heat exchangers with different thicknesses, 19mm and 52mm. The experiments were performed for five airflow rates and five coolant flow rates, where the inlet temperature of the coolant was defined to two temperatures; ambient temperature and 90°C. The test set-up is defined as having a constant cross-section area for 90°, 60° and 30° angles, resulting in a larger core area and a lower airspeed through the core, for a more inclined heat exchanger. The investigation showed that the more inclined heat exchangers resulted in lower static pressure drops and at the same time achieved higher heat transfer rates, for a specific mass airflow rate.

Heat fluid / heat exchanger



Heat transfer rate

Pressure drop [D1]


Lisa Henriksson

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Fordonsteknik och autonoma system

Dahl Erik

Volvo Group

Peter Gullberg

Volvo Group

Lennart Löfdahl

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Fordonsteknik och autonoma system

International Journal of Automotive Engineering

2185-0984 (ISSN) 2185-0992 (eISSN)

Vol. 6 1 7-14





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