Test Infrastructure

Advanced thermal measurements

Several test set-ups to extract numerical data about the performance of heat exchangers are available. The set-ups include a.o. a water and wind tunnel, hotwire measurements, Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA), infrared (IR) thermography, ... This way we are able to develop heat transfer and pressure drop correlations. They also provide reliable benchmarking data for numerical codes (cycle simulations, full scale heat exchanger simulations or CFD flow field and thermal hydraulic computations).

Next to this we have a dedicated test setup to study the evaporation in tubes and a test setup to study supercritical heat transfer.

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Test rig ORC and Industrial Heat Pumps

At UGent campus Kortrijk we established a test rig to test and measure the performance of ORC systems and industrial heat pumps as well as the different components making part of these systems. The features of the test rig include:

  • State-of-the-art control circuit using Labview
  • Heat source: electric boiler 250kW, smoothly variable 0-100%: first and second heating element are adjustable by the power electronics, other 8 elements can be switched on/off one by one.
  • Cooling circuit: Dry cooler with variable temperature level and difference
  • Several sensors incl. thermographic camera's