RESEARCH PAPERS: Forced Convection

Experimental Investigation of Thermal and Hydrodynamic Development Regions for Drag-Reducing Surfactant Solutions

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K. Gasljevic, E. F. Matthys

Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

J. Heat Transfer 119(1), 80-88 (Feb 01, 1997) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2824103 History: Received April 24, 1996; Revised October 18, 1996; Online December 05, 2007


The reductions in friction and heat transfer exhibited by a surfactant solution in the entry region of a circular pipe were measured and analyzed, with special attention paid to the relationship between the local heat transfer and friction. Two entrance configurations were used, a cone contraction and wire mesh plugs used as a device for velocity profile flattening. Both the simultaneous development of temperature and velocity profiles and the development of temperature profile with hydrodynamically predeveloped flow were studied. Interestingly, the local heat transfer measurements for surfactant solutions matched very well a correlation developed for polymer solutions, but for surfactants the development of the heat transfer and velocity profiles appear coupled, unlike what is thought to happen for polymer solutions. The development patterns appear to be independent of velocity and entrance type at low disturbance levels. At high disturbance levels, however, some striking changes in the fluid itself, likely due to temporary micellar structure degradation by high local shear stress in the inlet region, were observed as well, and quantified.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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