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Forced Convection in a Uniformly Heated Enclosure With Different Aspect Ratios: Effect of the Inlet and Two Outlet Port Locations

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A. I. Botello-Arredondo, A. Hernandez-Guerrero, C. Rubio-Arana

Universidad de Guanajuato, Salamanca, Guanajuato, México

M. Peña-Taveras

Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Paper No. ESDA2008-59407, pp. 217-228; 12 pages
  • ASME 2008 9th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 4: Fatigue and Fracture; Fluids Engineering; Heat Transfer; Mechatronics; Micro and Nano Technology; Optical Engineering; Robotics; Systems Engineering; Industrial Applications
  • Haifa, Israel, July 7–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4838-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3827-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


This paper presents a numerical investigation on forced convection in a cavity with one inlet and two outlet ports. For the present study three different aspect ratios between height (H) and length (L), (H ≠ L)were considered (AR = H/L), AR = 1, 1.3 and 2.5. Different conditions and geometric arrays for the position of the ports are analyzed. The walls of the cavity are considered to be isothermal warming-up the incoming cold fluid. A Reynolds number range of 10 < Re < 500 is considered, clearly within the laminar regimen. The flow and temperature fields are obtained as part of the solution. As expected, the aspect ratio affects the flow behavior in the cavity. An increment of vorticity leads to a heat transfer enhancement. The different aspect ratios of the cavity and the effect of the outlet ports and their location are discussed.

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