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Heat and Mass Transfer Lab

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Experimental Equipment

Alex Troupel and summer students Winnie Nabea and Amanda Gurnon

Heat transfer experiments are carried out in packed tubes of different diameters, with many different shapes and sizes of packings. The tubes were designed to be modular, so that different diameter tubes could be easily placed and connected to air flow, cooling water or steam and data acquisition at the experimental station. In the picture to the left the summer 2008 research group checks out the new heat transfer column with air pre-heated by an electrical heater and a water cooling jacket, with thermocouple connectors to the data acquisition system. Pressurized hot air flows through the column from the bottom through an unheated flow calming section, before entering the cooled test section. The packing is easily dumped and replaced at the end of an experimental run.

Summer student Winnie Nabea and the data acquisition system

The picture to the right shows 2008 summer student Winnie Nabea with the new data acquisition system that she helped set up and was using to take heat transfer data. The system is a Keithley Instruments Inc. Model 2700 DMM/DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM. The data box contains two modules, each capable of supporting up to 20 thermocouples. The interface to the user is via an ExceLinx spreadsheet-based application, allowing collection, storage and data display.

Schematic of heat transfer experiment

The picture to the left shows a diagram of the older steam-heated column with the wall thermocouple locations and the thermocouple cross inserted in the column. Also shown are the air and steam lines and a packing of spheres for a tube-to-particle diameter ratio of two. Several temperature profiles can be acquired using thermocouples embedded in the column wall for axial wall temperature profiles and thermocouples in the cross for radial profiles inside the column. Different depths of packing may be used, to give radial temperatures at different axial bed heights. The thermocouple cross may be rotated to provide a series of radial profiles at selected angular positions. Measurements, transient or steady state, are recorded using a computer system hooked up to the thermocouples.

An experimental setup for measuring mass transfer from the wall of a packed tube is also available in the lab., but has not been used in recent years. For a description of the last project to use it, see [Dixon, A.G., Arias, J. and Willey, J., 2003].

Last modified:
Feb. 10, 2013

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