Title

Three-Dimensional Mixed Convection in Plane Symmetric-Sudden Expansion: Bifurcated Flow Regime

Abstract

Simulations of three-dimensional laminar mixed convection in a vertical duct with plane symmetric sudden expansion are presented to illustrate the effects of the buoyancyassisting force and the duct's aspect ratio on flow bifurcation and heat transfer. The stable laminar bifurcated flow regime that develops in this geometry at low buoyancy levels leads to nonsymmetric temperature and heat transfer distributions in the transverse direction, but symmetric distributions with respect to the center width of the duct in the spanwise direction. As the buoyancy force increases, due to increases in wall heat flux, flow bifurcation diminishes and both the flow and the thermal fields become symmetric at a critical wall heat flux. The size of the primary recirculation flow region adjacent to the sudden expansion increases on one of the stepped walls and decreases on the other stepped wall as the wall heat flux increases. The maximum Nusselt number that develops on one of the stepped walls in the bifurcated flow regime is significantly larger than the one that develops on the other stepped wall. The critical wall heat flux increases as the duct's aspect ratio increases for fixed Reynolds number. The maximum Nusselt number that develops in the bifurcated flow regime increases as the duct's aspect ratio increases for fixed wall heat flux and Reynolds number.

Department(s)

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Second Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s)

National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. Department of Energy

Keywords and Phrases

Laminar Flow; Bifurcation; Convection; Flow Instability; Flow Simulation; Pipe Flow

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2007 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), All rights reserved.


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