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Natural Convection Heat Transfer of Concentric/Eccentric Annulus Subjected to Inner Tube of Constant Heat Flux

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R. Hosseini, M. Alipour, A. Gholaminejad

Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Paper No. AJTEC2011-44604, pp. T10107-T10107-7; 7 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference
  • ASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, March 13–17, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-3892-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3894-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This paper describes the experimental results of natural convection heat transfer from vertical, electrically heated cylinder in a concentric/eccentric annulus and develops correlations for the dependence of the average annulus Nusselt number upon the Rayleigh number. Wall surface temperature have been recorded for diameter ratio of d/D = 0.4, with the apparatus immersed in stagnant air with uniform temperature. Measurements have been carried out for eccentric ratios of E = 0, 0.19, 0.34, 0.62 and 0.89 in the range of heat flux of 45 to 430 W/m2. The surface temperature of the heater was found to increase upwards and reach a maximum at some position, beyond which it decreases again. It is observed, that this maximum temperature occurs near h/l = 0.8 for 0 ≤ E ≤ 0.62 at almost all power levels, but shifts downwards for E = 0.89. Moreover, empirical correlations between the average Nusselt number and the Rayleigh number are derived for concentric and eccentric annuli.

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