UTC to look for new heat exchanger materials

Carrier’s parent company United Technologies (UTC) has been awarded a $744,154 contract to explore new high performance non-metallic materials for the manufacture of heat exchangers.

The one-year contract has been awarded United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of UTC, by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Under the terms of the contract, UTRC will develop a database of materials for the manufacturing of high-performance industrial and commercial non-metallic heat exchangers.

The review will include material identification and literature evaluation, as well as empirical and model characterization, resulting in a database of relevant material properties and characteristics to provide guidance for future heat exchanger development. Key material features will include thermal conductivity, permeability, life-cycle cost, flammability and manufacturability …

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