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Influence of Transverse Fins Attached to the Heated Wall of a Rayleigh-Bénard Cavity

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Darren L. Hitt, Antonio Campo

University of Vermont

Paper No. IMECE2004-62124, pp. 211-218; 8 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 3
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4711-X | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


In this article we examine the augmentation of classic Rayleigh-Bénard convection by the addition of periodically-spaced tranverse fins attached to the heated, lower plate. The respective impacts of the fin size, the fin spacing and the thermal conductivity of the fin material are examined through numerical simulations for different laminar Rayleigh numbers and reported it terms of the Nusselt number. With the exception of very closely spaced fins, the heat transport is observed to exceed that of the idealized Rayleigh-Bénard case. It is found that local heat transport maxima and minima do exist for specific fin spacings and that the maxima become more pronounced at higher Rayleigh numbers. For ‘small fins’ the fin spacing corresponding to maximum heat transport is such that the fin spacing is approximately equal to the enclosure height.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Cavities , Fins



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