Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Mechanical Engineering

Major Professor

Basil Antar

Committee Members

Trevor Moulden, Alfonso Pujol


Cross flow heat exchangers are a fairly common apparatus employed throughout many industrial processes. For these types of systems, correlations have been extensively developed. However, there have been no correlations done for very high enthalpy flows as produced by Arnold Engineering Development Center’s (AEDC) H2 facility. The H2 facility uses a direct current electric arc to heat air which is then expanded through a converging-diverging nozzle to impart a supersonic velocity to the air. This high enthalpy, high temperature air must be cooled downstream by the use of a cross flow heat exchanger.

It is of interest to evaluate the actual performance of the air cooler to determine the effectiveness of possible facility upgrades. In order to characterize cooler effectiveness, a numerical model is built to calculate per-tube-row energy balances using real (temperature and pressure dependent) air and water properties and cross-flow Nusselt number calculations.


The work reported herein was done at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). This report was approved for public release on February 2, 2011 under AEDC PA Number: AEDC2011-006. Distribution of this document is unlimited.

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