Experiments were carried out on heat transfer and pressure-loss characteristics of a low-pressure-loss fluidized-bed heat exchanger with an extremely small ststic bed height of glass beads. This heat exchanger was composed of a tube bankd in a staggered arrangement and a multislit distributor designed especially to reduce the pressure loss. The effect of the cross-sectional shape of the distributor, the particle size of the glass beads, the static bed height, and the number of rows on heat transfer performance were examined. The heat transfer and pressure-loss characteristics are compared with experimental data in terms of fan power consumption and the compactness of the heat exchanger.
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