Michael Coey, “Analysis and Design of Plate Fin Heat Exchangers for Use in Natural Gas Liquefaction”
Mentors: John Reisel & Oluwatosin Aworanti, Mechanical Engineering
Plate fin heat exchangers are commonly used in industry for applications in cryogenic and natural gas liquefaction systems. Systems utilizing these plate fin heat exchangers use thousands of repeating sections to reach the desired cooling level. Modeling these systems to achieve optimization is desired, as it will allow for less resource utilization to achieve the same effect. Accurate modeling will also allow for the testing of several proposed designs to be compared against conventional designs for potential manufacturing. Finally, all designs will be tested and compared to the numerical models to refine model accuracy and efficiency.