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Laminar Flow and Heat Transfer in Spiral Ducts of Rectangular Cross Section

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Michael W. Egner, Louis C. Burmeister

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Paper No. HT-FED2004-56053, pp. 175-184; 10 pages
  • ASME 2004 Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
  • Volume 2, Parts A and B
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, July 11–15, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4691-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3740-8
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Laminar flow and heat transfer in three-dimensional spiral ducts of rectangular cross section with aspect ratios of 1, 4, and 8 were determined with the aide of the FLUENT computational fluid dynamics program. Peripherally-averaged coefficients of friction and Nusselt numbers are presented as a function of distance from the inlet and of the Dean number. Fully-developed values of friction coefficient and Nusselt number for a constant-radius-of-curvature duct, either toroidal or helical with small pitch, can be used to predict those quantities for the spiral duct in post-entry regions. These results are applicable to spiral-plate heat exchangers.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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