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Numerical Simulations on Natural Convection From a Circular Cylinder in Oscillating Flows

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Yan Su

University of Macau, Taipa, Macau

Paper No. HT2013-17005, pp. V004T14A001; 8 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 4: Heat and Mass Transfer Under Extreme Conditions; Environmental Heat Transfer; Computational Heat Transfer; Visualization of Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer Education and Future Directions in Heat Transfer; Nuclear Energy
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 14–19, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5550-8
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Natural convection from a circular cylinder in oscillating flows has been simulated by projection method with two dimensional exponential stretched staggered cylindrical meshes. Present numerical results are validated by comparing the heat transfer results of free convection over a circular cylinder to published experimental and numerical results. The effects of wave directions, amplitudes, frequencies and buoyancy forces on the enhancement of heat transfer have also been presented. Based on turning points of the curves of the overall Nusselt numbers versus Reynolds numbers, the heat transfer can be divided into three linear regimes (conduction, laminar convection and turbulent convection dominated regimes) and two non-linear transient regimes. The valid ranges of the governing parameters for heat transfer enhancement have been identified. The effects of wave directions, amplitudes, frequencies, and buoyancy forces on the enhancement of heat transfer are also investigated. The effective ranges of the governing parameters for heat transfer enhancement are identified.

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