This thesis is about flow analysis and improvement, with the help of
CFD software, of heat exchange in a cooling plate. CFD software is a
simulation tool that treats different types of flows and facilitates
the testing of models. It is a numerical method to approximately
solve various issues concerning flow.
ScandiNova Systems AB, Uppsala, uses a heat exchanger, developed by
themselves, in the smaller modulators. There is a tank containing
transformer, electrical components and oil. When the transformer gets
warm during operation, it emits heat to the oil in the tank. The oil
flows through a cooling plate with the help of a pump to be cooled,
which in turn cools the transformer.
The results of the CFD analysis showed that the company's existing
cooling plate was not utilized in the best way because the oil was
not distributed evenly over the channels in the cooling plate.
The channels in the cooling plate was redesigned which led to a more
efficient heat exchange.
The oil has a temperature of 50 °C at the entrance of the cooling
plate. The original cooling plate showed an average temperature of
48.05 °C at its output. Then the heat exchange was improved and the
average temperature went down to 46.16 °C. Which is an improvement of
97% in the heat exchange.
2016. , 35 p.