Compact, Ceramic Microchannel Heat Exchangers


Heat exchanger plate design and analysis
Heat exchanger plate design and analysis
Ceramatec, Inc.
Website:  Ceramatec Inc.
Award Number:  FE0024077
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016
Total Award Value:  $316,858
DOE Share:  $187,085
Performer Share:  $129,773
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology:  High Performance Materials
Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah

Project Description

Ceramatec will collaborate with The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) to meet the project objectives. Ceramatec will lead the project and will be responsible for fabricating and testing heat exchanger plates and stacks. CSM will derive heat exchanger plate specifications from system requirements using numerical power systems modeling approaches, such as ASPEN. Subsequently, CSM will work with Ceramatec to design the microchannel architecture for a heat exchanger plate that will be the basic repeat unit of heat exchanger stacks. CSM will perform 3-D, computational fluid dynamics, using numerical modelling tools such as FLUENT. Ceramatec will fabricate heat exchanger plates using its unique microchannel manufacturing capabilities and test the behavior of the plates in laboratory apparatus. Test results will be used as feedback to iterative design modifications. These activities will serve to define a heat exchanger plate design for stack testing. Ceramatec will fabricate heat exchanger plates and assemble them into stacks capable of 1-5 kWth thermal duty. Ceramatec will integrate the stacks with appropriate manifolds and thermal systems for subsequent testing at elevated temperature.

Project Benefits

Development of compact ceramic microchannel heat exchangers could enable higher operating temperatures in power plants that will lead to higher efficiency and reduced emissions.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Richard Dunst:
Technology Manager 
Robert Romanosky:
Principal Investigator 
Charles Lewissohn:

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