Additively manufactured high-performance counterflow heat exchanger

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The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that additive manufacturing is a viable method for producing counterflow heat exchangers that have a very high power to volume ratio. For this study, a heat exchanger with 144 flow channels in a checkerboard pattern was designed and additively manufactured from AlSi10Mg. The heat exchanger was tested by measuring the heat transfer between two liquids in a counterflow set-up, where it reached exceptionally high performance when considering its volume and weight. The heat transfer properties of the heat exchanger were verified analytically through calculations, which identified that the high surface roughness of the channels provides a significant improvement in heat transfer properties. The heat transfer capabilities were measured on two separate occasions to investigate the possible change of properties of additively manufactured heat exchangers over time when used with tap water. A moderate decrease in heat flow and increase in pressure drop were noted between the measurements. The deterioration of heat transfer capabilities could present a significant challenge for additively manufactured heat transfer applications and will be closely examined in future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Additive Manufacturing
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Digital manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • DfAM
  • Heat transfer
  • Heat exchanger
  • Counterflow


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    Huotilainen, E., Salmi, M., Partanen, J. & Chekurov, S.


    Project: Business Finland: Other research funding

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