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Research Update: Using CFD Simulation to Assess HTRI Predictions for Non-Newtonian Fluids Webinar

May 29, 2024 | 9:30 PM CDT (UTC -05:00)

Session targeted for audience in Asia (May 29, 2024 at 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM India Standard Time, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM China Standard Time, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Japan Standard Time). 

Designing effective heat exchangers requires understanding flow and heat transfer characteristics of fluids. Heat exchangers frequently use non-Newtonian fluids, and HTRI has conducted research to increase our knowledge of their behavior. 

In this webinar, we discuss the basics of non-Newtonian fluids and using power law to model the behavior. The timeline of non-Newtonian fluids research at HTRI is showcased, with highlights of research projects such as the experiments in 2019 using ketchup as a working fluid. HTRI used the collected experimental data to develop correlations for heat transfer and pressure drop, as well as to construct and validate a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. We also tested the HTRI correlation for a pseudo-plastic fluid 0.2% wt. Carbopol, using experimental data from literature. These data are then compared with HTRI correlations, using CFD. This study enhanced our understanding of non-Newtonian fluids, providing a clear path forward for additional research.

Join this session to learn more.

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

Registration deadline: May 27, 2024 (11:59 PM US Central Time)

Facilitated by Syed Haq

Syed haq

Engineer, Research, earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University (TAMU), where he is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. His PhD research focuses on improving thermal management of solid oxide fuel cells. At HTRI, Haq is involved in various research projects, including Air‑cooled Unit (ACU) experiments and simulations. His work includes prediction of hot air recirculation and hot air migration with wind. He has developed complex CFD models for several TEMA heat exchangers to predict stream analysis. Haq also investigates non‑Newtonian methods for HTRI. He has a publication in Building Environment, and his work was presented at the 4th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference in 2019.