Three-Dimensional Numerical Analysis of Transient Natural Convection in Rectangular Enclosures

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A. M. C. Chan, S. Banerjee

Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4M1, Canada

J. Heat Transfer 101(1), 114-119 (Feb 01, 1979) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450900 History: Received January 04, 1978; Online August 11, 2010


A simple numerical technique of considerable practical utility for the solution of transient multidimensional natural convection problems is described. It is based on the solution of the conservation equations in primitive form. The technique can be extended to calculation of natural convection problems in porous media and in turbulent flows where the eddy viscosities and conductivities can be predicted. It has been applied to the solution of several two and three-dimensional natural convection problems. The solutions compare well with the numerical and experimental results published by other investigators.

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