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Nonlinear Characteristics of a Sudden Expansion Followed by Sudden Contraction Channel

[+] Author Affiliations
Keyan Liu, Mo Yang, Chunyun Shen

University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China

Yuwen Zhang

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Paper No. IMECE2016-66663, pp. V008T10A055; 6 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5062-6
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


The flow and heat transfer in a sudden expansion followed by sudden contraction channel are widely applied in industry, and it is also a classic problem for theoretical study. In this article, the SIMPLE algorithm with QUICK scheme were used to study the flow and heat transfer in a sudden expansion followed by sudden contraction channel. The nonlinear characteristics and temperature field were investigated for various Reynolds number and geometrical dimension. The results show that the temperature field evolves from symmetric to asymmetric state with the increasing Re. When Re ≥ Rec, the flow loses stability and from symmetric to asymmetric via a symmetry-breaking bifurcation; when the Reynolds number continues to increase, the fluid flow and heat transfer oscillation. The nonlinear characteristics of flow and heat transfer within the channel is further analyzed.

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