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Air at a given mass flow rate goes in series through two

passes of the same length in a heat exchanger. Now consider an alternative

arrangement where those two passes are in parallel coupling and the total

airflow rate is the same (i.e., these cases correspond to Fig. 3.21 vs. Fig.

3.22 for fluid 2). The air-side core pressure drop for the second case will be

the following factor of the core pressure drop for the first case, assuming

fully developed laminar flow through the exchanger. Note that except for different

coupling of two passes, both passes of both exchangers are identical.

(a) 1

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Air at a given mass flow rate goes in series through two

passes of the same length in a heat exchanger. Now consider an alternative

arrangement where those two passes are in parallel coupling and the total

airflow rate is the same (i.e., these cases correspond to Fig. 3.21 vs. Fig.

3.22 for fluid 2). The air-side core pressure drop for the second case will be

the following factor of the core pressure drop for the first case, assuming

fully developed laminar flow through the exchanger. Note that except for different

coupling of two passes, both passes of both exchangers are identical.

(a) 1 (b) (c) 2

(d) (e) 4

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