An Experimental and Analytical Investigation of Friction Factors for Fully Developed Flow in Internally Finned Triangular Ducts

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H. Chegini, S. K. Chaturvedi

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23508

J. Heat Transfer 108(3), 507-512 (Aug 01, 1986) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3246963 History: Received September 24, 1984; Online October 20, 2009


Friction factors for fully developed flow in triangular ducts with fins of various height and width are investigated for Reynolds numbers ranging from 150 to 90,000. Two triangular ducts having apex angles of 60 and 38.8 deg are studied. Results are presented in the form of standard plots of friction factor as a function of Reynolds number. Friction factor values for the smooth triangular duct cases are in good agreement with the existing results. For the finned-duct cases, the fully developed axial velocity profiles in laminar flow are determined by solving the x-momentum equation iteratively by the Gauss–Seidel finite-difference technique. The theoretically determined friction factors for these cases are in good agreement with the experimental values of friction factors based on pressure drop measurements.

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