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Flow Field Around Dimpled Pin-Fins in a Staggered Array

[+] Author Affiliations
R. K. Nagar, J. P. Meyer, Md. MahbubAlam

University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

G. Spedding

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Paper No. IMECE2011-63485, pp. 203-210; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Fluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5492-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Pin fins are low aspect ratio rods of circular cross section that are used to enhance heat transfer inside turbine blades. Although modifying the basic circular geometry with numerous shallow depressions (dimples) has been linked with enhanced heat transfer rates, the fluid mechanical mechanisms have remained speculative. Here we investigate numerically the effects of dimples onthe mean and turbulence velocities that lead to increased heat transfer. It has been found that dimples result in an increased turbulence intensity which may possess a greater potential to extract and transport more heat from the pin-fin.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Flow (Dynamics) , Fins



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