Thermal Transport Phenomena in Turbulent Gas Flow Through a Tube at High Temperature Difference and Uniform Wall Temperature

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Shuichi Torii

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890, Japan

Wen-Jei Yang

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

J. Heat Transfer 120(3), 784-787 (Aug 01, 1998) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2824352 History: Received January 28, 1997; Revised May 01, 1998; Online December 05, 2007


A numerical study is performed to investigate thermal transport phenomena in turbulent gas flow through a tube heated at high temperature difference and uniform wall temperature. A k-ε turbulence model is employed to determine the turbulent viscosity and the turbulent kinetic energy. The turbulent heat flux is expressed by a Boussinesq approximation in which the eddy diffusivity of the heat is determined by a t2 -ε, heat transfer model. The governing boundary layer equations are discretized by means of a control-volume finite difference technique and are numerically solved using a marching procedure. It is disclosed from the study that (i) laminarization takes place in a turbulent gas flow through a pipe with high uniform wall temperature just as it does in a pipe with high unform wall heat flux, and (ii) the flow in a tube heated to high temperature difference and uniform wall temperature is laminarized at a lower heat than that under the uniform heat flux condirion.

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