1D/3D Numerical Approach for Modelling a Milli-Structured Heat Exchanger/Reactor
Maarawi, Antoinette
Anxionnaz-Minvielle, Zoe
Coste, Pierre
Di Miceli Raimondi, Nathalie
Cabassud, Michel

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Maarawi A., Anxionnaz-Minvielle Z., Coste P., Di Miceli Raimondi N., Cabassud M., 2021, 1D/3D Numerical Approach for Modelling a Milli-Structured Heat Exchanger/Reactor, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 86, 1441-1446.


Milli-structured heat exchangers/reactors are one of the intensified technologies, which have been successfully used in the case of exo- or endo-thermal chemical syntheses. Enhanced performances of such technologies compared to conventional apparatuses have been observed. This work is focused on the numerical investigation of the “DeanHex” heat exchanger/reactor with a 2D-meandering square cross-section channel with a hydraulic diameter of 2 mm. Throughout the years, only a part of the corrugated channel had been modelled due to the high ressource consumption of CFD simulations. Therefore, in order to model the reactor in a less resource demanding way than a full 3D approach, a new numerical approach is developed. The 2×2 mm2 meandering flow channel, which is the core of the heat exchanger/reactor design, is depicted by a 1D homogeneous model coupled to a 3D model for the surrounding solid in which the channel is embedded. This offers a compromise between the simulation at small scale and the simulation at the reactor scale, giving a great advantage in computational efficiency over meshing and computing 3D channels. In this paper, the 1D/3D approach is validated with heat transfer calculations between the 1D monophasic flow milli-channel and its 3D surrounding using an experimental work previously conducted on the “DeanHex” heat exchanger/reactor.