Numerical Investigation on Thermal–Hydraulic Performance of a Printed Circuit Heat Exchanger for Liquid Air Energy Storage System

Hu Liu, Yankang Zhang, Pengfei Yu, Jingwen Xue, Lei Zhang, Defu Che
2022 Energies  
A printed circuit heat exchanger (PCHE) is utilized to cool the compressor inlet air to increase the compression efficiency in a liquid air energy storage and liquid natural gas (LNG) coupled system, which can offer large-scale energy storage with significantly improved exergy efficiency and round-trip efficiency. In this work, the effect of pressure of air, incline angle, and hydraulic diameter on the performance of a compressed air–water PCHE with a semicircle cross-section was studied. The
more » ... sults show that PCHE can realize the intermediate cooling of air compression in the liquid air energy storage system, and the pressure variation of air shows a limited effect on the heat transfer of PCHE; however, the hydraulic diameter and the incline angle both affect the heat transfer and the flow resistance of PCHE, and the best incline angle is 15°.
doi:10.3390/en15176347 fatcat:5sdspm6wdzcbvhjvyr224r3yrm