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Performance Optimization of a Two-Phase Closed Thermosyphon through CFD Numerical Simulations

Abstract : In this paper, a comprehensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling was built to reproduce the pool boiling in the evaporator section and the liquid film condensation in a closed thermosyphon. The two phase Volume Of Fluids (VOF) model was used to simulate the heat transfer during evaporation and condensation inside a closed thermosyphon. This CFD model was validated using experimental results, and a good agreement was observed. Moreover, the results were analyzed in terms of the vapor volume fraction variation, temperature and vertical velocity at different locations along the thermosyphon. A parametric study was also conducted to enhance the performance of the thermosyphon designed for solar thermal energy applications like domestic hot water systems. It is found that the performance of the two-phase closed thermosyphon can be improved by tilted fins integration on the lateral surface of the condenser section.
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Saïf Fertahi, T. Bouhal, Y. Agrouaz, Tarik Kousksou, T. El Rhafiki, et al.. Performance Optimization of a Two-Phase Closed Thermosyphon through CFD Numerical Simulations. Applied Thermal Engineering, Elsevier, 2018, 128, pp.551-563. ⟨10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.09.049⟩. ⟨hal-02153689⟩

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