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[en] In this study, the effects of the leakage flow between the baffle and tube bundles on the performance of a shell and tube heat exchanger (STHE) were examined using the commercial software ANSYS FLUENT v.14. A computational fluid dynamics model was developed for a small STHE with five different cases for the ratio of the leakage cross-sectional area to the baffle cross-sectional area, ranging from 0 to 40%, in order to determine the optimum leakage flow corresponding to the maximum outlet temperature. Using fixed tube wall and inlet temperatures for the shell side of the STHE, the flow and temperature fields were calculated by increasing the Reynolds number from 4952 to 14858. The present results showed that the outlet temperature, pressure drop, and heat transfer coefficient were strongly affected by the leakage flow, as well as the Reynolds number. In contrast with a previous researchers finding that the leakage flow led to simultaneous decreases in the pressure drop and heat transfer rate, the present study found that the pertinent leakage flow provided momentum in the recirculation zone near the baffle plate and thus led to the maximum outlet temperature, a small pressure drop, and the highest heat transfer rate. The optimum leakage flow was shown in the case with a ratio of 20% among the five different cases.
[en] The use of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) to generate electricity is one of the methods proposed to utilize renewable energy and to protect the environment. In this study, simulations were performed to investigate the effect of weather conditions in the Ulsan region, Korea, on the efficiency of a solar heating OTEC (SH OTEC) system. This system utilizes solar thermal energy as the secondary heat source. Various working fluids were also simulated to select one that is suitable for this system. The results showed that R152A, R600, and R600A, in that order, were the most suitable working fluids. The effective area of the solar collector for a 20 .deg. C increase in the collector outlet temperature fluctuated from 50 to 97m'2' owing to the change in the monthly average solar gain. The annual average efficiency of the SH OTEC increases to 6.23%, compared to that of a typical conventional OTEC, which is 2-4%