Open pore foams can be used as gas filters, catalyst supports, and heat exchangers due to their high gas permeability and heat conductivity. In this study, Ni-Cr skins were deposited on each side of a foam sheet by HVOF spraying to form a sandwich structure for use as a heat exchanger. The microstructure of the skins and the interface with the nickel foam struts were examined and the hydraulic characteristics and heat transfer properties of the sandwich structure were experimentally determined. Pressure drops across the heat exchanger were measured and found to be proportional to the square of the velocity of the coolant and a least square fit was used to solve for the permeability, K, and form coefficient, C, of the foam.

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