The International Copper Association (ICA) and Optimized Thermal Systems have launched a new technology outreach program on the design and use of heat exchangers made with MicroGroove smaller-diameter copper tubes.

The program which will be conducted March through May 2017, is aimed at engineering students, academic researchers and industry professionals who would like to learn more about MicroGroove technology, a key component for eco-friendly HVAC&R applications.

Smaller-diameter tubes increase energy efficiency and reduce overall costs of heat exchangers. They allow for refrigerant-charge reduction and higher operating pressures and hence are well suited for natural refrigerants, including hydrocarbons and CO2.

Participants will be given a detailed technical overview of MicroGroove heat-exchanger (MGHX) technology and presented with their own sample MGHX built with 5-mm copper tubes, which they can test in their own laboratories. Additionally, they will receive instruction on the use of CoilDesigner simulation software, including demonstration and trial versions of the software from OTS.

CoilDesigner is a proprietary tool for air-to-refrigerant heat exchanger modeling and simulation. OTS and others have used CoilDesigner to design heat exchangers using hydrocarbons or CO2 for vending machines and cold beverage cases.

The OTS-ICA MGHX outreach program will also include technical papers, case studies and other materials pertaining to MicroGroove technology; and access to three webinars on air-to-refrigerant heat exchanger design, parameterization and optimization.

The purpose of this hands-on introduction to MGHX technology is to engage people from various institutions and different backgrounds and encourage them to collaborate in advancing the state-of-the-art of round tube, plate fin (RTPF) heat exchangers. Participants will learn how MicroGroove heat exchangers in HVAC&R equipment contribute to sustainable development of the global built environment.

Anyone interested in enrolling can do so by completing the OTS-ICA MGHX technology outreach program registration form

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