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Prediction of f and Nu During Laminar-to-Turbulent Transition: Case of Flow in a Tube Containing a Twisted Tape

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A. W. Date, Pankaj I. Jagad

IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

Paper No. HT2013-17662, pp. V003T21A017; 10 pages
  • ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 3: Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Symposium in Honor of Professor Richard Goldstein; Symposium in Honor of Prof. Spalding; Symposium in Honor of Prof. Arthur E. Bergles
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 14–19, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5549-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


In a straight pipe (or, duct) flow, the f and Nu vs Re characteristics over transition range of Reynolds numbers (typically, 2300 ≤ Re ≤ 4000) demonstrate abrupt and sharp departures from tendencies under fully laminar and fully turbulent regimes. This characteristic behaviour is quite competently captured by the low Turbulence Reynolds number (Ret) two-equation turbulence model(s) over all flow regimes without requiring any regime-dependent modifications to the governing equations. In contrast, the experimentally determined f and Nu characteristics of flow in a tube containing twisted tape do not demonstrate sharp departures from tendencies in laminar and turbulent regimes. As a result, the so called transition regime of Reynolds numbers cannot be easily identified. The purpose of the present paper is to explore if these very special characteristics can be predicted by low Ret, k-ε model of turbulence by computing over a large range 500 ≤ Re ≤ 30000.

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