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The need for compact heat exchangers has led to the development of many types of surfaces that enhance the rate of heat transfer, among them the perforated plate heat exchangers, also known as matrix heat exchangers. The perforated plate heat exchangers consist of a series of perforated plates that are separated by a series of spacers. The present study investigates the heat transfer characteristics of the package of perforated plates. Perforated plates were 2 mm thick, with holes with 2 mm in diameter and porosity of 25.6%. The package of one, two, and three perforated plates was set in the channel of the experimental chamber at which entrance was a thrust fan with the ability to control the flow rate. The fluid flow rates, the temperatures of the fluids at the inlet and outlet of the chamber and the temperature of the air between the plates, were measured at the predefined locations in the package and the experimental chamber. Based on the measurements, heat transfer coefficients for the individual plates, as well as for the packages of perforated plates were determined. In further research, an iterative analytical procedure for investigation of the heat transfer process and the overall heat transfer coefficient for the package of perforated plates were developed. Based on these analytical and experimental results, conclusions were drawn about the heat transfer in a package of perforated plates.
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