Research Update: Maldistribution in Shellside Laminar Viscous Flow
Xist can predict unexpected performances of shellside viscous fluids in laminar regimes, where thermal maldistribution is present. The heat transfer of viscous flows across vertical baffles is analyzed by CFD to determine impact of such non-uniformity. Maldistribution can be monitored using a viscosity-independent Richardson number. The Richardson relates the impact of natural-to-forced convection, indicating stratification. The Richardson number should be considered in heat transfer coefficient calculations or, in the least, provide potential maldistribution warning in Xist. This webinar will describe the findings of HTRI's viscous flow research.