Title:
Heat exchanger
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Disclosed is a heat exchanger which reduces a flow loss of air and increases a heat exchange performance by preventing condensate water from staying at surfaces of fins. To this end, the heat exchanger comprises: a plurality of tubes arranged with a predetermined interval so as to pass a fluid for the heat exchange; and fins mounted among the tubes for expanding a contact area with air, wherein the fins are tilted with a predetermined angle so as to prevent condensate water from staying at the surfaces of the fins.



Inventors:
Ko, Cheol-soo (Gunpo, KR)
Oh, Se-yoon (Seoul, KR)
Oh, Sai-kee (Seoul, KR)
Sa, Yong-cheol (Anyang, KR)
Jang, Dong-yeon (Siheung, KR)
Application Number:
10/338000
Publication Date:
02/26/2004
Filing Date:
01/08/2003
Assignee:
KO CHEOL-SOO
OH SE-YOON
OH SAI-KEE
SA YONG-CHEOL
JANG DONG-YEON
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
62/272
International Classes:
F28F1/30; F24F13/22; F28D1/053; F28F1/12; F28F13/04; F28F17/00; (IPC1-7): F28D1/02; F25D21/00
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Primary Examiner:
CIRIC, LJILJANA V
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BIRCH, STEWART, KOLASCH & BIRCH, LLP (8110 GATEHOUSE ROAD SUITE 100 EAST, FALLS CHURCH, VA, 22042-1248, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A heat exchanger comprising: a plurality of tubes arranged with a predetermined interval so as to pass a fluid for heat exchange; and fins respectively mounted among the tubes for expanding a contact area with air, wherein the fins are tilted with a predetermined angle so as to prevent condensate water from staying at surfaces of the fins.

2. The heat exchanger of claim 1, wherein the fins include plate portions attached to one side of the tubes with a predetermined interval; and louvers protruded at upper surfaces of the plate portions with a predetermined width, in which the louvers are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle.

3. The heat exchanger of claim 2, wherein the louvers are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle on the basis of their width direction.

4. The heat exchanger of claim 2, wherein the louvers are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle towards a downward direction along a direction which air flows.

5. The heat exchanger of claim 1, wherein the fins include plate portions attached to one side of the tubes with a predetermined interval; and louvers protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions with a predetermined width, in which the plate portions are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle.

6. The heat exchanger of claim 5, wherein the plate portions are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle on the basis of their width direction.

7. The heat exchanger of claim 5, wherein the plate portions are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle towards a downward direction along a direction which the air flows.

8. The heat exchanger of claim 1, wherein the fins include plate portions attached to one side of the tube with a predetermined interval; and louvers protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions with a predetermined width, in which the plate portions and the louvers are formed to have predetermined tilt angles on the basis of their width directions, respectively.

9. The heat exchanger of claim 8, wherein the plate portions and the louvers are formed to have predetermined tilt angles on the basis of their width directions.

10. The heat exchanger of claim 8, wherein the plate portions and the louvers are formed to respectively have predetermined tilt angles towards a downward direction along a direction which the air flows.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a heat exchanger, and more particularly, to a heat exchanger which can smoothly discharge condensate water generated at the time of a heat exchange.

[0003] 2. Description of the Background Art

[0004] Generally, a heat exchanger is a device for exchanging heat by contacting two different fluids directly or indirectly and the heat exchanger is used to a heater, a cooler, an evaporator, a condenser, and etc.

[0005] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a heat exchanger which is mainly used in a conventional refrigerator.

[0006] The conventional heat exchanger comprises: an inlet pipe 102 for introducing a fluid for heat exchange; tubes 104 connected to the inlet pipe 102 with a predetermined interval along a longitudinal direction thereof for passing a refrigerant and performing a heat exchange; fins 106 mounted among the tubes 104 respectively for expanding a contact area with air passing through the tubes 104 so as to enhance a heat transmittance performance; and a discharge pipe 108 connected to the other side end portion of the tubes 104 for discharging a fluid which completed a heat exchange.

[0007] The fins 106, as shown in FIG. 2, have plate portions 112 attached to one side surface of the tubes 104 with a predetermined interval and having a plane shape by being curved several times. Herein, louvers 114 playing a role of a flow passage of the condensate water are protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions 112 with a predetermined width.

[0008] The louvers 114, as shown in FIG. 3, are formed in accordance with that the plate portions 112 are cut with a predetermined interval and protruded to an upper portions of the plate portions 112 with a predetermined width. Predetermined slits 116 are formed between the plate portions 112 and the louvers 114. Through the slits 116, the condensate water is discharged.

[0009] In the conventional heat exchanger, a fluid introduced into the inlet pipe 102 is distributed to the respective tubes 104 and collected in the discharge pipe 108 by passing the tubes 104, thereby being discharged. At this time, the fluid passing through the tubes 104 and air passing through the fins 106 installed among the tubes 104 are intercrossed, thereby performing a heat exchange.

[0010] At the time of heat exchanging of the heat exchanger condensate water condensed from moisture contained in peripheral air attaches at the surfaces of the tubes 104 and the fins 106. The condensate water drops downwardly through the slits 116 between the plate portions 112 and the louvers 114 and is collected in a drain pan (not shown), thereby being discharged outwardly.

[0011] However, in the conventional heat exchanger, since the plate portions and the louvers are respectively formed as a flat form, the condensate water stays at the upper surfaces of the plate portions and the louvers . Therefore, air passing through the fins is prevented from flowing, thereby generating a flow loss. Also, in accordance with that a film of the condensate water becomes thick at the surfaces of the plate portions and the louvers , a heat exchange performance is degraded.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0012] Therefore, an object of the present invention is to provide a heat exchanger which can reduce a flow loss of air and increase a heat exchange performance in which condensate water is smoothly discharged by improving a fin structure and the condensate water is prevented from staying at a surface of the fin.

[0013] To achieve these and other advantages and in accordance with the purpose of the present invention, as embodied and broadly described herein, there is provided a heat exchanger comprising: a plurality of tubes arranged with a predetermined interval so as to pass a fluid for heat exchange; and fins respectively mounted among the tubes for expanding a contact area with air, in which the fins are tilted with a predetermined angle so as to prevent condensate water from staying at the surfaces of the fins.

[0014] The fins of the heat exchanger include plate portions attached to one side surface of the tubes with a predetermined interval; and louvers protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions with a predetermined width, in which the louvers are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle.

[0015] The louvers of the heat exchanger are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle on the basis of their width direction.

[0016] The louvers of the heat exchanger are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle towards a downward direction along a direction which the air flows.

[0017] The fins of the heat exchanger include: plate portions attached to one side of the tubes with a predetermined interval; and louvers protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions with a predetermined width, in which the plate portions are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle.

[0018] The fins of the heat exchanger include: plate portions attached to one side of the tubes with a predetermined interval; and louvers protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions with a predetermined width, in which the plate portions and the louvers are formed to respectively have predetermined tilt angles on the basis of their width directions.

[0019] The foregoing and other objects, features, aspects and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of the present invention when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0020] The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the description serve to explain the principles of the invention.

[0021] In the drawings:

[0022] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a heat exchanger in accordance with the conventional art;

[0023] FIG. 2 is a partial enlargement view of the heat exchanger in accordance with the conventional art;

[0024] FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along line 11-11 of FIG. 2;

[0025] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a heat exchanger according to the present invention;

[0026] FIG. 5 is a partial enlargement view of the heat exchanger according to one preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0027] FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken along line V-V of FIG. 5 according to the one preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0028] FIG. 7 is a sectional view of the fins according to the second preferred embodiment of the present invention;

[0029] FIG. 8 is a sectional view of the fins according to the third preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0030] Reference will now be made in detail to the preferred embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

[0031] A heat exchanger according to the preferred embodiments will be explained with reference to attached drawings.

[0032] FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the heat exchanger according to the present invention.

[0033] The heat exchanger according to the present invention comprises: an inlet pipe 2 for introducing a fluid for heat exchange; a plurality of tubes 4 connected to the inlet pipe 2 with a predetermined interval along a longitudinal direction thereof for passing the fluid introduced into the inlet pipe 2 and performing a heat exchange; a discharge pipe 6 connected to the other sied end portion of the tubes 4 for discharging the fluid which completed a heat exchange; and a plurality of fins 8 mounted among the tubes 4 respectively for expanding a contact area with air passing through the tubes 4.

[0034] The inlet pipe 2 and the discharge pipe 6 are formed as cylindrical shapes having predetermined lengths, respectively, and both end portions of the tubes 4 are respectively connected thereto with a predetermined interval towards a longitudinal direction thereof.

[0035] FIG. 5 is a partial enlargement view of the heat exchanger according to the present invention, and FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken along line V-V of FIG. 5 according to one preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0036] The fins 8 are attached to one side surfaces of the tubes 4 with a predetermined width as a fold form and include the plate portions 10 arranged with a predetermined interval.

[0037] Herein, the louvers 12 playing a role of a flow passage by which the condensate water is discharged are protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions 10 with a predetermined interval. The louvers 12 are formed in accordance with that the plate portions 10 are cut with a predetermined interval and curved towards an upper direction with a predetermined width. Also, a slits 16 having a predetermined width are formed between the louvers 12 and the plate portions 10, thereby discharging the condensate water and passing air.

[0038] At this time, the louvers 12 are formed as a shape having a predetermined length perpendicularly to a flow direction of the air and having a predetermined width along a direction which the air passes. The louvers 12 are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle (θ1) on the basis of their width direction to prevent the condensate water from staying at the surfaces of the louvers 12, in which the tilt angle (θ1) of the louvers 12 are tilted downwardly along a direction which air is introduced.

[0039] That is, since the louvers 12 are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle, the condensate water does not stay at the surfaces of the louvers 12 and is smoothly discharged towards a gravitation direction.

[0040] Operations of the heat exchanger according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention will be explained.

[0041] If a fluid to be heat-exchanged is introduced into the inlet pipe 2, the fluid passes the tubes 4 connected to the inlet pipe 2 as a longitudinal direction with a predetermined interval and is intercrossed with external air passing through the fins 8 mounted among the tubes 4, thereby performing a heat exchange. The fluid which completed the heat exchange is collected into the discharge pipe 6 and discharged.

[0042] At the time of heat exchanging of the heat exchanger according to the present invention, the condensate water condensed from moisture contained in peripheral air stays at the surfaces of the tubes 4 and the fins 8. The condensate water moves towards a down direction by gravitation and is collected in the drain pan (not shown), thereby being discharged outwardly.

[0043] At this time, since the louvers 12 are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle towards a downward direction along a direction which the air flows, the condensate water does not stay at the surfaces the louvers 12 but drops to a downward direction by the gravitation. The condensate water is smoothly discharged through the slits 16 between the louvers 12 and the plate portions 10.

[0044] FIG. 7 is a sectional view of the fins according to the second preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0045] The heat exchanger according to the second embodiment of the present invention has the same construction with that of the first embodiment except that a structure of the fins is differently formed.

[0046] That is, the fins 26 of the heat exchanger according to the second embodiment include the plate portions 20 and the louvers 22 protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions 20 with a predetermined width, in which the plate portions 20 have a predetermined tilt angle on the basis of their width direction and the louvers 22 have a flat surface.

[0047] That is, the plate portions 20 are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle towards a downward direction along a direction which the air flows, so that the condensate water attached to the surfaces of the plate portions 20 does not stay at the surfaces of the plate portions 20 and drops by the gravitation, thereby being discharged towards a downward direction through the slits 24 between the plate portions 20 and the louvers 22.

[0048] FIG. 8 is a sectional view of the fins according to the third embodiment of the present invention.

[0049] The heat exchanger according to the third embodiment has the same structure with that of said embodiment except that a structure of the fins is different.

[0050] The fins 30 of the heat exchanger according to the third embodiment include the plate portions 32 and the louvers 34 protruded at the upper surfaces of the plate portions 32 with a predetermined width, in which the plate portions 32 and the louvers 34 are formed to have predetermined tilt angles on the basis of their width directions.

[0051] That is, the plate portions 32 are formed to have a predetermined tilt angle towards a downward direction along a direction which the air flows and the louvers 34 are also formed to have a predetermined tilt angle towards a downward direction along a direction which the air flows, so that the condensate water attached to the surface of the plate portions 32 does not stay at the surfaces of the plate portions 32 and drops by the gravitation and the condensate water attached to the surface of the louvers 34 does not stay at the surfaces of the louvers 34 and drops by the gravitation, thereby being discharged towards a downward direction through the slits 36 between the plate portions 32 and the louvers 34.

[0052] The heat exchanger according to the present invention has the following advantages.

[0053] First, since the plate portions and the louvers of the heat exchanger are formed to respectively have predetermined tilt angles on the basis of their width directions, the condensate water attached to the plate portions and the louvers does not stay at the surfaces thereof but is smoothly discharged towards a gravitation direction. Accordingly, air flows smoothly through the slits between the plate portions and the louvers and through a passage among the fins.

[0054] Also, since a film of the condensate water is prevented from being formed at the surfaces of the fins, a heat exchange performance is increased.

[0055] As the present invention may be embodied in several forms without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics thereof, it should also be understood that the above-described embodiments are not limited by any of the details of the foregoing description, unless otherwise specified, but rather should be construed broadly within its spirit and scope as defined in the appended claims, and therefore all changes and modifications that fall within the metes and bounds of the claims, or equivalence of such metes and bounds are therefore intended to be embraced by the appended claims.