RESEARCH PAPERS: Radiative Transfer

Radiative Heat Transfer in Periodic Geometries Using a Finite Volume Scheme

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S. R. Mathur, J. Y. Murthy

Fluent, Inc., 10 Cavendish Court, Lebanon, NH 03766

J. Heat Transfer 121(2), 357-364 (May 01, 1999) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2825988 History: Received March 30, 1998; Revised October 01, 1998; Online December 05, 2007


A procedure for computing radiative heat transfer in translationally and rotationally periodic geometries is presented. The finite volume scheme is applied to meshes composed of arbitrary polyhedral control volumes. The angular domain is discretized into a finite number of control angles over which radiant energy is conserved. At periodic boundaries, control angle overhang occurs because of the misalignment of the arbitrary periodic face with the global angular discretization and due to the arbitrary rotation of adjacent modules with respect to each other. A discretization scheme using control angle pixelation is developed to conservatively transfer radiant energy between adjacent modules. The method is tested for a variety of radiation problems and shown to perform satisfactorily.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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