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Multi-Prandtl correlating equations for free convection heat transfer from a horizontal tube of elliptic cross-section. (English) Zbl 1157.80317
Summary: Steady laminar free convection from a horizontal elliptic cylinder set in unbounded space is studied numerically under the assumption of uniform surface temperature. A specifically developed computer-code based on the SIMPLE-C algorithm is used for the solution of the mass, momentum and energy transfer governing equations. Simulations are performed for ratios between the minor and major axes of the elliptic cross-section of the cylinder in the range between 0.05 and 0.98, inclination angles of the major axis of the elliptic cross-section with respect to gravity in the range between \(0^\circ \) and \(90^\circ \), Rayleigh numbers based on the major axis of the elliptic cross-section in the range between 10 and \(10^{7}\), and Prandtl numbers in the range between 0.7 and 700. It is found that the heat transfer rate increases with increasing the Rayleigh and Prandtl numbers, while decreases with increasing the orientation angle of the cross-section of the cylinder, i.e., passing from the slender to the blunt configuration. In addition, a noteworthy fact is that in most cases the amount of heat exchanged at the cylinder surface has a peak at an optimum axis ratio which is practically independent of the Prandtl number, while may either increase or decrease with increasing the Rayleigh number depending on whether the orientation angle of the tube is above or below a critical value of approximately \(67.5^\circ \). Dimensionless correlating equations are proposed both for the optimum axis ratio for maximum heat transfer and for the heat transfer rate from the cylinder surface to the undisturbed surrounding fluid reservoir.
MSC:
80A20 Heat and mass transfer, heat flow (MSC2010)
76R10 Free convection
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