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A Heat Transfer Comparison Between a Synthetic Jet and a Steady Jet at Low Reynolds Numbers

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Rayhaan Farrelly, Alan McGuinn, Tim Persoons, Darina B. Murray

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Paper No. IMECE2008-68726, pp. 505-510; 6 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B, and C
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4871-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A study has been carried out to compare steady jet and synthetic jet heat transfer distributions at low Reynolds numbers. Both jets issued from a 5mm diameter orifice plate with air for the steady jet being supplied by a compressor via a plenum chamber. Tests were conducted for Reynolds numbers ranging from 1000 to 4000, and for non-dimensional surface to jet exit spacings (H/D) from 1 to 6. Dimensionless stroke length (Lo /D) for the synthetic jet was held constant at 8. A significant difference was observed between the steady and synthetic jet Nusselt numbers at low Reynolds numbers and low H/D. In comparison to steady jets, the stronger entrainment of surrounding fluid and the vigorous mixing near the impingement surface are characteristics of synthetic jets that are beneficial to heat transfer. Nonetheless, the steady jet yields higher Nusselt numbers for all test conditions.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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