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Experimental study of fouling process and antifouling effect in convective heat transfer under ultrasonic treatment

Résumé : An experimental study was carried out by a dynamic fouling monitor system to investigate the fouling process in convective heat transfer by ultrasonic treatment. During the experiment, the cooling water in heat exchanger was used as working fluid with the inlet temperature of 22.5 °C and 44 °C and the initial hardness of 300 mg/L and 500 mg/L, respectively. For all cases the inlet temperature of hot water was kept at 70°C, and the flowrates of cooling water and hot water were set at 0.77 m3/h and 0.81 m3/h, respectively. In this experimental setup, a double-tube heat exchanger was served as a test section of heat transfer, in which hot water flows inside the inner copper tube and cooling water flows in the annular gap between the two tubes, thus forming a counter-flow situation. Further, an ultrasonic device was installed for water treatment with a frequency of 20.7 kHz and power ranging from 0 to 75 W. The results showed that the fouling resistance for hard water increased evidently with increasing of water temperature and hardness. With the ultrasonic treatment, the fouling resistance decreased remarkably compared with the untreated case, and the asymptotic fouling resistance decreased monotonously with increasing of the ultrasonic power. Subsequently, the crystal morphology of calcium carbonate was observed in microscopic view and the transform of crystal from the vaterite to aragonite and calcite was analyzed based on the theory of the formation energy. It was confirmed that the ultrasonic treatment may have significant effect on the crystal shape, and more aragonites appeared with increasing powers of ultrasound.
Domaine de référence : Antifouling
Auteur Hou Tengfei, Chen Yongchang, Wang Zepeng, Ma Chongfang
Année de parution : 2018.
Mots-clés : convective heat transfer, crystal morphology, fouling resistance, ultrasonic treatment.
Type de document : Article de revue.
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Ce projet est financé par le Fonds Européen de Développement Régional, la Région Normandie et le Conseil Départemental de la Manche.