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Effect of Variable Sidewall Temperatures on the Combined Surface Radiation—Convection in a Discretely Heated Enclosure

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S. Saravanan

Department of Mathematics,
Bharathiar University,
Coimbatore 641 046, India
e-mail: sshravan@lycos.com

N. Raja

Department of Mathematics,
Bharathiar University,
Coimbatore 641 046, India

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received October 23, 2017; final manuscript received March 22, 2018; published online May 22, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Zhixiong Guo.

J. Heat Transfer 140(9), 094503 (May 22, 2018) (5 pages) Paper No: HT-17-1628; doi: 10.1115/1.4039912 History: Received October 23, 2017; Revised March 22, 2018

This paper reports the changes made in the flow and heat transfer characteristics of a closed enclosure in the presence of sidewalls with symmetrical linear heating. The flow inside the enclosure is primarily driven by a centrally placed discrete heater with thermal radiation included at all surfaces involved. Finite volume method-based computational results corresponding to the resulting steady-state were obtained. The factors causing augmentation and suppression of heat transfer are discussed for two types of sidewall heating. Moreover, it is found that the role of radiation is well stronger than convection in determining the total heat transfer rate when the sidewall heating is decreasing with height.

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Fig. 1

Physical configuration

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Fig. 2

Isotherms and streamlines of Sun et al. [6] reproduced, for Ra = 2 × 105 for: (a) εh = εc = εs = 0.0 and (b) εh = 0.05, εc = εs = 1

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Fig. 3

Radiative fluxes along the insulated walls for (a) Ra = 103 and (b) Ra = 106. Solid line (——) corresponds to case (i) and dotted line (⋯⋯) corresponds to case (ii).

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Fig. 4

Isotherms and streamlines for Ra = 103 and ε = 1: (a) case (i) and (b) case (ii)

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Fig. 5

Isotherms and streamlines for Ra = 106 and for different ε: (a) ε = 0 and (b) ε = 1




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