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Numerical Analysis of Opposing Mixed Convection in Air in a Vertical Channel With a Moving Plate

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Assunta Andreozzi, Nicola Bianco, Vincenzo Naso

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Oronzio Manca

Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli

Paper No. IMECE2005-82983, pp. 713-722; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2005-82983
From:
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Part B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4222-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

In this study a numerical investigation of mixed convection in air due to the interaction between a buoyancy flow and a moving plate induced flow in a vertical channel is carried out. The moving plate has a constant velocity and moves in the opposite direction with respect to the buoyancy force. The channel principal walls are heated at uniform heat flux. The numerical analysis is obtained by means of the commercial code Fluent. The effects of the channel spacing, heat transfer and moving plate velocity are investigated and results in terms of the channel wall and moving plate temperatures and Nusselt numbers are given. The wall temperature profiles allow to observe different behaviors of the flow motion inside the channel, a buoyancy flow, a forced flow and a transition flow related to the velocity of moving plate. The transition velocity increases as the heat flux and the channel gap increase. Dimensionless heat transfer results, Nu/Re0.68 as a function of Richardson number, Ri, present a good agreement with two correlations obtained for the buoyancy dominant flow, at Ri > 10, and forced dominant flow, at Ri < 10−3 .

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