High Thermal Conductivity Polymer Composites for Low Cost Heat Exchangers

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United Technologies Research Center – East Hartford, CT

To speed the development of plastic heat exchangers, researchers created a database of selected properties for thermally conductive plastics. The project team also developed a polymer heat exchanger concept and evaluated its performance using heat transfer modeling tools. Heat exchangers manufactured from polymer composites would have several advantages over metal heat exchangers, including lower weight, improved corrosion resistance, and, compared to the current manufacture of metal heat exchangers, increased energy productivity and lower greenhouse gas emissions.