E3S Web Conf.
Volume 22, 2017International Conference on Advances in Energy Systems and Environmental Engineering (ASEE17)
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||07 November 2017|
Modeling the defrost process in complex geometries – Part 1: Development of a one-dimensional defrost model
RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer, Augustinerbach 6, 52062 Aachen, Germany
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Frost formation is a common, often undesired phenomenon in heat exchanges such as air coolers. Thus, air coolers have to be defrosted periodically, causing significant energy consumption. For the design and optimization, prediction of defrosting by a CFD tool is desired. This paper presents a one-dimensional transient model approach suitable to be used as a zero-dimensional wall-function in CFD for modeling the defrost process at the fin and tube interfaces. In accordance to previous work a multi stage defrost model is introduced (e.g. [1, 2]). In the first instance the multi stage model is implemented and validated using MATLAB. The defrost process of a one-dimensional frost segment is investigated. Fixed boundary conditions are provided at the frost interfaces. The simulation results verify the plausibility of the designed model. The evaluation of the simulated defrost process shows the expected convergent behavior of the three-stage sequence.
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