Heat Transfer Around Sharp 180-deg Turns in Smooth Rectangular Channels

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D. E. Metzger, M. K. Sahm

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287

J. Heat Transfer 108(3), 500-506 (Aug 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3246961 History: Received April 04, 1985; Online October 20, 2009


Measured Nusselt numbers are presented for forced convection within and around sharp 180-deg turns in smooth channels of rectangular cross section. Separately determined top wall, bottom wall, and side wall values are presented individually along with azimuthal averages. The geometry of the channels and connecting turn is characterized by the parameters W* , the ratio of upstream and downstream channel widths; D* , the nondimensional channel depth; and H* , the nondimensional clearance at the tip of the turn. Results from nine combinations of these parameters are presented at several values of channel Reynolds number to illustrate the effect of turn geometry on the heat transfer distributions.

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