Published Date : 2019-01-01

DOI : https://doi.org/10.12982/CMUJNS.2019.0005

Journal Issues : Number 1 , January-March 2019

**ABSTRACT**

*Overall heat transfer coefficient of helical coiled heat exchanger with graphene- deionized water (DI-water) for waste heat recovery of combustion stack gas including heat exchanger effectiveness, ε, were experimentally carried out. Various sizes of tube diameter (1.2-1.5 cm), coil diameter (19-24.5 cm), and coil pitch (2.8-6 cm) of helical coils 1-4 including different heat transfer fluids, DI-water and nanofluid (graphene nanoparticles suspended in DI-water) at different particle fractions (0.05, 0.08 wt.%) had been experimentally studied. The results based on the LMTD-method of countercurrent flows*_{ }*showed* *that* *higher* *graphene* *fraction* *resulted* *in* *higher* *values* *of* *heat* *transfer* *rate,* *overall* *heat* *transfer* *coefficient* *and* *heat* *exchanger* *effectiveness**. **The* *ε***-**NTU* _{min}*

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**Keywords****: **Waste heat recovery, Helical coil, Deionized water, Graphene nanofluid, Heat exchanger effectiveness

**INTRODUCTION**

Waste heat can be classified into high temperature (>650°C), medium temperature (230- 650°C) and low temperature (<230°C) (Zhou et al., 2013). The low temperature waste heat is abundant and it could be found generally in exhaust stacks of small boilers and incinerators. Helical coil is one of the most suitable heat exchangers for waste heat recovery of combustion stack gas due to its simple shape and compactness (Ali, 1994) with low pressure drop in the exhaust gas side. In addition, it provides higher inside heat transfer coefficient than the straight tube because there is a secondary vortex flow generated inside the coil tube which reduces the thermal resistance (Tayde et al., 2014).

There are some studies on the heat transfer of fluid flow in a helical coil with common heat transfer fluids such as water, air, heat transfer oil, and ethylene glycol. There was a report (Janssen and Hoogendoorn, 1978) that showed heat transfer correlation of a fully developed laminar convection heat transfer for water/glycerol mixture flowing inside helical coiled tubes under the condition of constant wall heat flux with various ratios of tube diameter to coil diameter and Reynolds numbers. Dravid et al., (1971) studied the effect of secondary fluid motion on laminar water flow heat transfer in helical coiled tubes. The results showed that the secondary flow increased the heat transfer coefficient and heat transfer rate since the thermal boundary layer became thinner. Schmidt et al., (1967) expressed a correlation of average Nusselt number for determining the heat transfer coefficient of different heat transfer fluids, oil, water and air, in helical coil including the effects of fluid motion, fluid properties and the effect of helical coil dimensions under constant wall heat flux boundary condition. Xin and Ebadian, (1997) also stated a correlation with the effects of Reynolds and Prandtl numbers and coil dimensions such as tube dimeter and coil diameter on local and average convective heat transfer coefficients for air, water, and ethylene glycol flowing inside helical coils under the constant wall heat flux condition. The correlations of Schmidt et al., (1967) and Xin and Ebadian, (1997) could also be applied for deionized water of which the heat transfer results were found to be better than those of normal water (Kong et al., 2018).

In recent years, there have been many research works on the use of nanofluids, nano- sized particles (1-100 nm) such as Al_{2}O_{3}, CuO, SiC, etc. suspended in conventional base fluids, to enhance the heat transfer in thermal engineering devices (Mahian et al., 2013). The nanofluid thermal conductivities were higher than those of the base fluids and also the heat transfer rates. Polvongsri and Kiatsiriroat, (2014) used 20 nm silver particles mixed with water at a concentration of 10,000 ppm in a closed-loop flat plate solar collector. The heat transfer coefficient inside the collector with the nanofluids was nearly double of that with water. The heat transfer enhancements by γ-Al_{2}O_{3}/water and TiO_{2}/water were found in the experimental work of Farajollahi et al., (2010). The increase of heat transfer coefficient of ethylene glycol and distilled water mixed with TiO_{2} nanoparticles in double pipe heat exchanger was figured out by Chandra and Vasudeva, (2014). The increase of heat transfer coefficient was 13.85% and 10.73% at particle volume fraction of 0.02% for with and without helical wire inserts in the heat exchanger, respectively. Kahani et al., (2013) compared the heat transfer performance of Al_{2}O_{3} (35 nm) and TiO_{2} (50 nm) particles suspended in distilled water. The results showed that the Al_{2}O_{3} particles with smaller size and higher thermal conductivity gave better heat transfer performance compared to that of TiO_{2}. In addition, the heat transfer enhancement of CuO water based nanofluid in laminar flow at various volume fractions (0.1-0.5%) inside helical coil heat exchangers was experimentally investigated by Fule et al., (2017). The results showed that the CuO nanoparticles enhanced the heat transfer coefficient of the base fluid and the enhancements of heat transfer coefficient were found to be 37.3% and 77.7% at particle volume fractions of 0.1% and 0.5%, respectively. Similarly, Bhanvase et al., (2018) experimentally investigated intensified convective heat transfer coefficient of water based PANI (polyaniline) nanofluid at various particle volume fractions (0.1-0.5%) in vertical helical coiled heat exchanger. The heat transfer coefficient enhancements of PANI nanofluid were found to be 10.5% and 70% at particle volume fractions of 0.1% and 0.5%, respectively, compared to the base fluid. The heat transfer enhancements of nanofluids containing graphene nanoparticles (GNPs) at different particle specific surface areas of 300, 500, 700 m^{2}/g with particle concentrations less than 0.1% by weight were found in the experimental work of Mehrali et al., (2014). The latter results indicated higher thermal conductivity of the nanofluid which could reach up to 27.64% at the concentration of 0.1 % GNPs with a specific surface area of 750 m^{2}/g.

According to the previous research works, the use of nanoparticles in base fluids could enhance the heat transfer performance of the fluid since the fluid thermal conductivity increases which results in better heat transfer coefficient and more heat transfer rate. However, very few information of heat transfer performance by nanofluids in heat recovery, particularly, heat recovery of combustion stack gas by vertical helical coiled heat exchanger has been reported. In this present study, the graphene nanoparticles at particle fractions of 0.05% and 0.08% by weight suspended in distilled water and the fluids were taken as working fluids. The flows were in fully developed laminar regime. The overall heat transfer coefficient and heat transfer rate of working fluids were determined under the countercurrent flow LMTD-method. In addition, the effectiveness of the heat exchangers was determined and the effectiveness curves were created.

**MATERIALS AND METHODS**

**Heat** **exchanger** **effectiveness** **and** **outlet** **temperatures** **of** **the** **working** **fluids**

Thermal characteristics of helical coil heat exchanger for exchanging heat between hot exhaust gas and working fluid inside the coil could be described by heat exchanger effectiveness, ε, which is

(ṁc_{p})_{min} is the minimum heat capacity between the heat exchanging fluids. T_{gi}, and T_{fi} are the

inlet temperatures of the hot gas and the working fluid, respectively.

Q̇ is the heat rate extracted by the working fluid and it could be calculated as

(UA)_{s} is the product of overall heat transfer coefficient and heat transfer area of the heat exchanger and ∆T_{Lm} is log-mean temperature difference between hot gas and working fluid.

To increase heat transfer rate and outlet temperature of the working fluid, the heat exchangers are connected in series as shown in Figure 1.

**Figure** **1****. **Heat exchanger combination in series with countercurrent flow of fluids.

In case of the countercurrent flows of the fluid streams with heat exchanger arrangement in series connection, Shah and Sekulić (Rohsenow et al., 1985) presented a method for calculating overall heat exchanger effectiveness, ε*, when each heat exchanger has the same heat exchanger effectiveness, ε, as

Therefore, the outlet temperature of the working fluid could be calculated by

fixed. With a stack diameter of 0.3 m, the measured gas average temperature and the gas properties which were assumed to be the same as those of air, the (ṁc_{p})_{g} could be evaluated. By varying the mass flow rate of the working fluid and the measured average fluid temperature, the (ṁc_{p})_{f} could be also calculated.

**Experimental set-up**

Four copper helical coils of which the descriptions were shown in Figure 2 and the details were listed in Table 1, were experimentally investigated for heat transfer characteristics with different heat transfer fluids (DI-water and DI-water based graphene nanofluid). Each coil was installed inside a combustion stack of 0.3 m in diameter. The hot combustion gas generated by LPG gas burner, shown in Figure 3, flowed through the helical coil with the average gas velocity of 0.66 m/s. A set of nine calibrated Type-K thermocouples was installed to measure temperatures at three cross-sectional levels (Figure 3), bottom, middle, and top of the helical coil. At each section level of the helical coil, three thermocouples were installed for measuring the hot gas temperature inside the stack (T_{o}), the coil surface temperature (T_{s}) and the water temperature inside the coil (T_{i}). The stack was well insulated.

**Table** **1****. **Description of experimental coils.

**Figure** **2****. **Helical coil schematic sketch and heat transfer direction.

**Figure** **3**. Experimental setup.

**Table** **2****. **Accuracies of the experimental measuring instruments.

The uncertainties of heat transfer rate δQ̇_{uncert} uncert and overall convective heat transfer coefficient δU_{s,uncert} could be found from uncertainty standard equation as

The results of the uncertainties were calculated and listed in Table 3. The maximum value was around 10 %.

**Table** **3****. **Uncertainties of some important parameters, heat transfer rate and overall heat transfer coefficient.

**Nanofluid preparation**

In this study, the DI-water and DI-water based graphene nanofluid at graphene particle fractions of 0.05 and 0.08% by weight were selected for the working fluids inside the helical coils. The specifications of graphene nanoplatelets with particle fraction of 0.05 and 0.08 wt.% were listed in Table 4. The particles were mixed with DI-water by 40 kHz ultrasonic generator for 30 minutes. The thermal and the rheological properties of the working fluid were determined at the average fluid bulk temperature between the coil inlet and coil outlet temperatures of the working fluid. The details of the properties and the stability of the nanofluid were described in the M.Eng. dissertation of Kong et al., (2018) and some of the results were shown in Figure 4.

**Table** **4****. **Specification of graphene nanoplatelets.

**Figure** **4**. Thermal properties of DI-water/GNPs nanofluids at various temperatures: (a) thermal conductivity, (b) viscosity, and (c) specific heat. (Kong et al., 2018).

**RESULTS**

**Heat transfer rate by DI-water and nanofluids**

Based on the temperature difference between the coil inlet and outlet temperatures of the working fluids, the heat transfer rates extracted by the working fluids from the hot gas were evaluated using equation (2) and shown in Figure 5.

The results showed that the heat rates increased with the increase of Reynolds number or the flow rate of the working fluids. The inside coil Reynolds number was calculated using fluid properties determined at average fluid bulk temperature between the coil inlet and coil outlet temperatures of the working fluid. The presence of the particles in the base fluid increased significantly the heat transfer rate due to the higher thermal conductivity of the nanofluid.

**Figure** **5**. Heat transfer rates extracted by DI-water and graphene nanofluids at particle fraction of 0.05 wt.% with different helical coils.

**Overall heat transfer coefficient of helical coils**

The overall heat transfer coefficients of the helical coiled heat exchanger could be determined from the heat transfer rate extracted by the working fluids shown in Figure 5 and the log-mean temperature difference between the fluid streams using equation (2). The results of the overall heat transfer coefficients of all helical coils with DI-water and nanofluid at particle fraction of 0.05 wt.% were shown in Figure 6. The results showed that the overall heat transfer coefficient increased with the increase of inside Reynolds number or flow rate of the working fluids.

**Figure** **6****. **Overall heat transfer coefficient of the helical coils with DI-water and nanofluid at 0.05 wt.% particle fraction.

However, when the Reynolds number was over around 2,000, the overall heat transfer coefficient increased slightly, which meant that the gas-side convective heat transfer coefficient controlled the overall heat transfer coefficient of the heat exchangers. The overall heat transfer coefficients with nanofluid showed better trends compared to those with DI-water.

**Heat exchanger effectiveness of heat recovery from combustion stack gas**

The experimental results on heat exchanger effectiveness for single unit of all coils were determined using equation (1) for both working fluids, DI-water and nanofluids at particle concentration of 0.05 wt.%. With these results, the total effectiveness of the helical coils connected in series was performed using equation (4). The overall performance curves of the heat exchangers in series connection in terms of heat capacity ratio (c) and number of transfer unit (NTU^{*}_{min}) were also created as shown in Figure 7.

**Figure** **7****. **Total effectiveness of helical coils in series connection against total number of transfer unit. (a) with DI-water and (b) with nanofluid at 0.05 wt.% particle fraction.

**Figure** **7****. **Continued.

**Outlet temperature of working fluids with number of the helical coils**

Coil 1 was selected to consider the outlet water temperature of the working fluids, DI- water and nanofluid at particle fraction of 0.05 wt.%, due to its better heat transfer performance (Figure 7) compared to other coils (coil 2-4). The working fluid outlet temperatures were simulated with the number of helical coils connected in series using equation (5). The simulated outlet temperature profiles with various flow rates of working fluids were shown in Figure 8. The fluid inlet temperatures were fixed at 30°C.

**Figure** **8****. **Calculated outlet temperatures of the DI-water and the nanofluid at various flow rates (the values 0.75- 2 were in L/min) with the helical coil number (coil 1).

**DISCUSSION**

From Figure 4, the thermal conductivities of the nanofluids increased around 13.4 and 21.4% and the specific heat capacities decreased around 0.04 and 0.07% for particle concentrations of 0.05 and 0.08 wt.%, respectively. Therefore, the nanofluid could enhance the heat transfer coefficient and the higher working fluid outlet temperature could be achieved. However, the increase of particle concentration was limited since higher particle concentration in base fluid could generate greater viscosity. Around 21.8 and 40.4% increases of nanofluid viscosity were found for 0.05 and 0.08 wt.% GNPs, respectively, compared to that of pure DI- water. High viscosity could reduce the stability of the nanofluids and generate more friction and higher pressure drop of the fluid flow inside the tube Mehrali et al., (2014). It should be recommended that the concentration of the nanoparticles should be less than 0.1 wt.%.

From Figure 5, it could be noted that coil 1 (surface area of 0.54 m^{2}) gave the best performance due to its highest heat transfer surface area followed by coil 3 (surface area of 0.4 m^{2}) and coil 2 (surface area of 0.38 m^{2}). For coil 4, even the surface area was smallest (surface area of 0.34 m^{2}), but the obtained heat transfer rate was close to coil 3 and higher than coil 2 because coil 4 was installed around the center of the stack where the gas flow velocity was nearly maximum. In addition, the coil diameter was smaller, then the liquid side heat transfer coefficient was more turbulent, therefore, the overall heat transfer coefficient was higher as the results shown in Figure 6.

In Figure 5, the nanofluids also showed better heat transfer performance for all coils compared with DI-water. The heat transfer rates extracted by the nanofluids at particle fraction of 0.05 wt.% or 0.02% in volume fraction increased around 13.1 % for coil 1, 16.8 % for coil 2, 17.6 % for coil 3, and 18.2 % for coil 4 since the heat transfer coefficient of the working fluid increased around 23.2%, 21.4%, 24%, and 25% for coils 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, compared to the results of DI-water. These results possessed better heat transfer performance compared to that of the ethylene glycol-DI-water/TiO_{2} (0.02 % TiO_{2}) (Chandra and Vasudeva., 2014) and water/PANI (polyaniline) (0.1 % PANI) (Bhanvase et al., 2018) nanofluids that could increase heat transfer coefficient around 13.8% and 10.5 %, respectively, due to high thermal conductivity of GNPs.

Figure 6 showed overall heat transfer coefficient of the helical coils with DI-water and nanofluid at 0.05 wt.% particle fraction. It could be found that the overall heat transfer coefficients were enhanced for the units with nanofluids. When the liquid-side Reynolds number was over 2,000, the values could be increased from 14-16 for DI-water to around16-18 W/m^{2}.K for the nanofluids. When the liquid-side Reynolds number was less than 2,000, the values from 6-14 were up to 8-16 W/m^{2}.K, respectively.

The heat exchanger effectiveness with the NTU^{*}_{min}of the coils in series connection is presented in Figure 7. It could be found that the effectiveness curves of the nanofluid were slightly higher than those of DI-water at a given value of NTU^{*}_{min}, which meant that the nanofluid enhanced the heat exchanger performance. The outlet temperatures of the nanofluid were found to be higher than those of the DI-water and these were confirmed by the results in Figure 8.

With a good trend of higher performance curves, helical coil 1 was selected for coil outlet temperature of the working fluid. For 5 units of coils 1 in series connection, with the working fluid flow rates of 0.75 and 2 L/min, the outlet temperatures of the nanofluid containing graphene nanoparticles at 0.05 wt.% were 2.5 and 1.3°C over than those of the DI- water, respectively. In addition, when the unit number was over 7, the outlet temperatures of the working fluids slightly increased, particularly for high fluid flow rates.

From the study, it could be noted that the GNPs with suitable particle concentrations could enhance very well the working fluid heat transfer performance and also the heat exchanger effectiveness. For helical coils, the unit with bigger tube diameter should be selected to get higher heat transfer surface area and the coil installation should be close to the center of the stack.

The stability of the nanofluid flowing in the coiled tube is also another main aspect. The particle deposition on the heat transfer surface and the long-term performance of the nanofluid should be studied in more details.

**CONCLUSION**

In this research paper, the waste heat recovery from combustion stack gas was carried out by helical coiled heat exchangers having DI-water and nanofluid as working fluids in fully developed laminar flows. The results on the thermal characteristics of the heat recovery could be noted as

- The nanoparticles could enhance very well the thermal performance of the base fluid (DI-water). The nanofluid had higher thermal conductivity and lower specific heat capacities, which resulted in better heat transfer coefficient and higher working fluid outlet temperature compared to those from pure DI-water.

- The ε
^{*}-NTU^{*}_{min }performance curves of helical coils in series connection were created from Shah and Sekulić model. The heat exchanger performances were increased with the increase of coil number. The nanofluid also gave better heat exchanger performance than the base fluid (DI-water). - The outlet temperature of the nanofluid was found to be higher than that of the base fluid. For coil 1, with 5 coil numbers and the flow rate of 2 L/min, the outlet temperature of the nanofluid was 1.3°C over than that of the DI-water. When the coil number was over 7, the nanofluid gave advantage on the outlet temperature compared with the base fluid only slightly.

**ACKNOWLEDGEMENT**

The authors are thankful to Graduate School, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, and Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy, Chiang Mai University for supporting testing facilities and some expenses. The authors would like to acknowledge the National Research Council of Thailand (the Sino-Thai Project) for the financial support.

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Rithy Kong^{1}, Thoranis Deethayat^{2} ^{⃰}, Attakorn Asanakham^{2}, and Tanongkiat Kiatsiriroat^{2}

^{1}*Energy* *Engineering* *Program,* *Faculty* *of* *Engineering* *and* *Graduate* *School,* *Chiang* *Mai* *University,* *Chiang Mai 50200,* *Thailand*

^{2}*Thermal* *System* *Research* *Laboratory,* *Department* *of* *Mechanical* *Engineering,* *Faculty* *of* *Engineering,* *Chiang* *Mai University,* *Chiang Mai* *50200,* *Thailand*

****Corresponding author. E-mail: **thoranisdee@gmail**.**com*

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Received: *March* *28,* *2018;*

Revised: *July 13, 2018;*

Accepted: *September* *11,* *2018*