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Influence of Different Rib Height on Heat Transfer Augmentation in Rectangular Convergent / Divergent Channels With Continuous Ribs on Bottom Surface

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K. Sivakumar, E. Natarajan

Anna University, Chennai, TN, India

N. Kulasekharan

Saveetha Engineering College, Chennai, TN, India

Paper No. GTINDIA2013-3570, pp. V001T02A007; 10 pages
  • ASME 2013 Gas Turbine India Conference
  • ASME 2013 Gas Turbine India Conference
  • Bangalore, Karnataka, India, December 5–6, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5616-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The work reported in this paper is a systematic experimental study of friction and heat transfer characteristics of divergent /convergent rectangular ducts with an inclination angle of 1° in the y-direction. Measurements were taken for a convergent / divergent rectangular channel of aspect ratio, AR = 1.25 to 1.35 with three uniform rib heights, e = 3, 6 and 9 mm the ratio between rib height (e) to hydraulic mean diameter (Dm) are 0.0348, 0.0697 and 0.1046, a constant rib pitch distance, P = 60 mm. The flow rate in terms of average Reynolds numbers based on the hydraulic mean diameter (Dm) of the channel was in a range of 20000 to 50,000 is 0.085 m. A ceramic strip of 10 mm thickness is used as a heating coil has been attached on top and bottom surfaces for the test sections. The heat transfer characteristics degraded with increase in the rib height in 90° attached ribs over smooth channel. The heat transfer performance of the divergent/convergent ducts for 3, 6 and 9 mm ribs was conducted under identical mass flow rate based on the Reynolds number. In convergent duct having three test sections each having three different size ribs 3, 6, and 9mm. Similarly, divergent section is also three different rib heights duct. So, in our experiments has totally 6 different ducts were used. In addition, the acceleration / deceleration caused by the cross section area, the divergent duct generally shows enhanced heat transfer behavior for three different rib sizes, while the convergent duct has an appreciable reduction in heat transfer performance.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Heat transfer



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