Turbulent Heat Transfer in Corrugated-Wall Channels With and Without Fins

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R. S. Amano, A. Bagherlee, R. J. Smith, T. G. Niess

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53201

J. Heat Transfer 109(1), 62-67 (Feb 01, 1987) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3248069 History: Received October 10, 1985; Online October 20, 2009


A numerical study is performed examining flow and heat transfer characteristics in a channel with periodically corrugated walls. The complexity of the flow in this type of channel is demonstrated by such phenomena as flow impingement on the walls, separation at the bend corners, flow reattachment, and flow recirculation. Because of the strong nonisotropic nature of the turbulent flow in the channel, the full Reynolds-stress model was employed for the evaluation of turbulence quantities. Computations are made for several different corrugation periods and for different Reynolds numbers. The results computed by using the present model show excellent agreement with experimental data for mean velocities, the Reynolds stresses, and average Nusselt numbers. The study was further extended to a channel flow where fins are inserted at bends in the channel. It was observed that the insertion of fins in the flow passage has a visible effect on flow patterns and skin friction along the channel wall.

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