RESEARCH PAPERS: Forced Convection

Heat Transfer and Friction Factor Measurements in Ducts With Staggered and In-Line Ribs

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Ying-Jong Hong, Shou-Shing Hsieh

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 80424

J. Heat Transfer 115(1), 58-65 (Feb 01, 1993) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910669 History: Received June 01, 1991; Revised July 19, 1992; Online May 23, 2008


The combined effects of rib alignment and channel aspect ratio on the distributions of the local heat transfer coefficient and on the friction factors for developing and fully developed flow in short square and rectangular channels (L/DH = 13.5–18) with a pair of opposite rib-roughened walls were determined for Reynolds numbers ranging from 13,000 to 130,000. The channel aspect ratios are 1/2 and 1 and the rib alignment configurations are arranged as staggered and in-line types, respectively. The pitch to rib height ratio is 5.31 for all test channels. The local heat transfer distributions on the bottom rib-roughened wall from the channel entrance to the downstream region are presented and discussed. Semi-empirical heat transfer and friction correlations are developed, and the results are compared with those of previous investigations for similarly configured channels, which were roughened by regularly spaced transverse ribs.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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