Smart Energy and Sustainable Environment , ISSN 2668-957X
2021, Volume 24, Issue 1
Pages 29-40


Claudia Bogdan * , Catalin Brill , Oleksandr Sirosh , Mihai Vijulie , Alin Lazăr

National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICSI Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, PO Box Râureni 7, 240050, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania

*Corresponding author: Claudia Bogdan, E-mail:

Received 26 February 2021 Received in revised form 26 February 2021 Accepted  17 March 2021 Available online  16 April 2021


While the basic principles of thermodynamics have remained the same, the necessity for heat exchangers to have good effectiveness in a small volume is constantly growing. Heat exchangers type Matrix Heat Exchanger (MHE), which can meet these requirements, does not have an optimal design variant for its use. These heat exchangers have been approached for 60 years, by many researchers, currently offering only an overview of the process. The mechanism of heat transfer in a matrix heat exchanger is complex, having three different thermal convection paths as well as thermal conduction through two different surfaces. This paper presents the simulations performed in ANSYS Workbench, combining all these heat transfer modes, for developing an optimal model of a perforated plate matrix heat exchanger, used for the pre-cooling of a hydrogen isotopes stream mixture, for purification purposes, as well as, for preparing the inlet temperature in cryogenic distillation columns of hydrogen isotopes.


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  • Keywords

    ANSYS Workbench, Matrix Heat Exchanger, cryogenic applications, pressure and temperature profile.

    Tag search ANSYS Workbench Matrix Heat Exchanger cryogenic applications pressure temperature profile