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Polymer Mechanics Laboratory

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Design and manufacture of polymer heat exchangers

The objective of this project is to investigate design, material and heat transfer issues crucial to the successful development of single-phase gas-to-gas and gas-to-liquid polymer heat exchangers for the transportation industry. This report summarizes progress made during the third year of the project. Efforts have focused on mechanical and thermal design of shaped polymer tubes and evaluation of failure mechanisms in co-extruded tubes.

Fig. 1: Polymer heat exchanger