The Effect of Fin Geometry and Manufacturing Process on Ceramic Regenerator Thermodynamic Performance

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C. A. Fucinari

Research Staff, Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich.

J. Eng. Power 99(4), 638-644 (Oct 01, 1977) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3446561 History: Received December 20, 1976; Online July 14, 2010


The essential parameters required for accurate regenerator thermodynamic performance prediction are the basic heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics of the matrix fin configuration. The basic heat transfer and pressure drop characteristics evaluated in a “shuttle rig” of the existing “state of the art” matrix fin configurations will be presented. Based on these data, the effect of fin geometry and manufacturing process on ceramic regenerator performance will be discussed. In addition, a simplified analysis for estimating the effect of alterations in package size and/or fin parameters on regenerator performance will be presented.

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