Performance of drop shaped pin fin heat exchanger with four different fin dimensions


  • A.A. Mohamed Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Nile Valley University, Atbara, Sudan
  • Obai Younis Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering at Wadi Addwaser, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, KSA



Compact Heat Exchanger, Heat Transfer, Pressure Drop, Pin Fins, Turbulent Flow


In engineering, there are two primary heat transfer procedures of fluids namely, heating and cooling within a conduit that are well recognized. The heat transfer literacy remains a core component to design the heat exchangers. The study aims to present the consequences of drop shaped pin fin hear exchanger performance with four different fin dimensions. A rectangular duct with different drop-shaped pin fins dimensions is present in the heat exchanger, having similar heat transfer wetted surface area. ANSYS FLUENT 14.5 conducted three-dimensional finite volume to select the optimum pin fin dimension. The numerical results for the four cases L/D 1, 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75 indicated heat transfer had no effect on the variations in pin tail length; however, it affected frictional losses or pressure drop. There is significant decrease in the frictional loss as the result of increase in the pin tail length. The pun fin drop showed significant decrease in friction power, unlike the round pins. The ratio of pin height to the cylindrical portion of the pin (H/D) had major impact on the wetted surface area, which affects the rate of heat transfer.  


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How to Cite

A. Mohamed and O. Younis, “Performance of drop shaped pin fin heat exchanger with four different fin dimensions”, J. Mech. Eng. Sci., vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 6934–6951, Jun. 2020.