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Large Eddy Simulation of Fully Developed Flow and Heat Transfer in a Rotating Duct With 45° Ribs

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Aroon K. Viswanathan, Danesh K. Tafti

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. GT2006-90229, pp. 215-229; 15 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4238-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This paper concerns itself with investigating the effect of rotation on flow and heat transfer in a 45° ribbed square duct. Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) are used to investigate why rotation does not have any effect on heat transfer augmentation unlike 90 degree ribs, in which considerable changes are observed in augmentation at the trailing and leading walls of the duct. It is found that unlike 90 degree ribbed ducts, in which the heat transfer augmentation is strongly dependent on streamwise momentum, spanwise momentum dominates heat transfer in skewed ribs. Since Coriolis forces under orthogonal rotation about the z-axis do not directly contribute to spanwise momentum, they do not have as much of an effect on heat transfer at the ribbed walls at the trailing and leading sides. However, because of the augmentation of turbulence at the trailing side, the vortices which are produced in the separated shear layer of the rib and which move from the inside to the outside of the duct, break down and diffuse before they can impinge on the outer wall. Turbulence attenuation at the leading wall has the opposite effect which allows the vortices to maintain their coherence and impinge on the outer wall. This effect taken together with the streamwise flow being pushed to the leading side, produces an extended region of high heat transfer at the outer wall near the leading side. This is countered by lower heat transfer at the trailing side of the outer wall. Hence, although local variations are present due to rotation, the overall augmentation remains the same.

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