Heat Exchangers

Wire-based Heat Exchanger
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Wire-based heat exchanger for use as either an evaporator or a condenser.

Fraunhofer ISE investigates the entire range from basic thermodynamic processes of heat transfer to metrological investigations in laboratory and field.

At the fundamental level, we optimize heat exchangers to achieve higher energy efficiency, reduced installation space and mass. Innovative approaches to the use of metallic wire structures as surface enlargement in air-fluid heat exchangers have shown experimentally a significantly increased compactness of up to 50% with the same transmission performance.

A further focus is the targeted identification of structure/material and coating combinations to avoid condensate blocking, the reduction of ice formation and corrosion behavior when used as evaporators.

Our R&D services include:

  • Fluid and thermodynamic calculations
  • Optimization of the energetic efficiency
  • Measurement of the transmission power
  • Qualification of coated heat exchangers regarding blocking and ice formation
Hannes Fugmann

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Hannes Fugmann

Design and CFD

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5527

Alexander Warlo

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Alexander Warlo

Design and Prototype Manufacturing

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5408

Stefan Henninger

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Dr. Stefan Henninger

Coating, Corrosion

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5104

Alexander Morgenstern

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Dr. Alexander Morgenstern

Exp. Characterization

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5107

More Information on this Research Topic

Research Project "Thermal Fabric"

Technological Design and Thermal Fluid Dynamic Characterization of Wire Fabric-Based Micro Heat Exchangers with High Performance Potential

Research Project "MinWaterCSP"

Heat Exchanger Development – Design and Experimental Performance Test of Heat Exchanger Bundles with Wire Structures

Research Project "EffiMet"

Efficient Heat Transfer with Metal Mesh Structures