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Enhanced two phase flow in heat transfer systems

United States Patent

December 3, 2013
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A family of structures and designs for use in devices such as heat exchangers so as to allow for enhanced performance in heat exchangers smaller and lighter weight than other existing devices. These structures provide separate flow paths for liquid and vapor and are generally open. In some embodiments of the invention, these structures can also provide secondary heat transfer as well. In an evaporative heat exchanger, the inclusion of these structures and devices enhance the heat transfer coefficient of the evaporation phase change process with comparable or lower pressure drop.
Tegrotenhuis; Ward E. (Kennewick, WA), Humble; Paul H. (Kennewick, WA), Lavender; Curt A. (Richland, WA), Caldwell; Dustin D. (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
12/ 133,970
June 5, 2008
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0576RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.