The influence of recycle on a parallel-plate heat exchanger of inserting in parallel an insulation sheet to divide an open duct into two channels for double-pass operations with uniform wall temperature has been studied analytically. The results are represented graphically and compared with those in an open duct (without an inserted insulation sheet) and a double-pass without recycle. Substantial improvement in heat transfer is obtainable by employing such a double-pass device with external refluxes, instead of using an open conduit with single-pass operations and using double-pass operations without recycle. The effect of insulation-sheet location on the enhancement of heat transfer efficiency as well as on the increment of power consumption, has been also discussed.
International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer 28(4), pp.527-536