RESEARCH PAPERS: Heat Transfer Enhancement

Direct Numerical Simulation of Three-Dimensional Flow and Augmented Heat Transfer in a Grooved Channel

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M. Greiner, G. J. Spencer

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557

P. F. Fischer

Division of Applied Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912

J. Heat Transfer 120(3), 717-723 (Aug 01, 1998) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2824341 History: Received October 16, 1996; Revised April 06, 1998; Online December 05, 2007


Direct numerical simulations of three-dimensional flow and augmented convective heat transfer in a transversely grooved channel are presented for the Reynolds number range 140 < Re < 2000. These calculations employ the spectral element technique. Multiple flow transitions are documented as the Reynolds number increases, from steady two-dimensional flow through broad-banded unsteady three-dimensional mixing. Three-dimensional simulations correctly predict the Reynolds-number-independent friction factor behavior of this flow and quantify its heat transfer to within 16 percent of measured values. Two-dimensional simulations, however, incorrectly predict laminar-like friction factor and heat transfer behaviors.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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