Burr Oak Tool Inc. recently partnered with the International Copper Association and Optimized Thermal Systems, Inc. in developing simulations of the inner-grooves of MicroGroove™ copper tubes using CoilDesigner® software from the University of Maryland. With these new developments by ICA and Burr Oak Tool, which were implemented by Optimized Thermal Systems (OTS) into the CoilDesigner software, a proprietary heat exchanger simulation and design optimization tool, the effects of certain surface enhancements can now be simulated.
Burr Oak Tool is addressing the manufacturing challenges with the internal surfaces of the copper tubes, including MicroGroove tubes, and is working to develop a non-mechanical expansion technology to expand the tubes without deforming the internal tube enhancements. With the new software the effects of the enhancements tested to identify geometries to increase heat transfer performance. The studies by Burr Oak Tool, ICA and OTS show that microfins could increase refrigerant-side heat transfer as much as 300 percent, depending on tube diameter.
For 70 years, Burr Oak Tool Inc. has designed customized production machinery for the heat transfer and tube processing industries. OAK machines are installed and successfully operating in over 70 countries. Providing quality machines, service and parts to customers worldwide reinforces Burr Oak’s slogan, “Global Experience...Local Solutions.”
For more information contact Burr Oak Tool Inc., 405 West South Street, Sturgis, MI 49091. Telephone: 269-651-9393, Fax: 269-659-6616. Website: www.burroak.com