An experimental investigation on air natural convection, in a vertical channel asymmetrically heated at uniform heat flux, with downstream unheated parallel extensions, is carried out. One extension is coplanar to the unheated channel wall and the distance between the extensions is equal to or greater than the channel gap (geometrically asymmetric chimney). Experiments are performed with different values of the wall heat flux, aspect ratio (L-h/b), extension ratio (L/L-h) and expansion ratio (B/b). For the largest value of the aspect ratio (L-h/b = 10), the adiabatic extensions improve the thermal performance in terms of lower maximum wall temperature of the channel. Optimal configurations of the system with asymmetrical chimney are detected. Flow visualization shows a cold inflow in the channel-chimney system that penetrates down below the channel exit section. Maximum wall temperatures and channel Nusselt numbers are correlated to the channel Rayleigh number Ra*, and to the geometrical parameters, in the ranges 3.0 X 10(2) <= Ra*B/b <= 1.010(5), 1.0 <= B/b <= 3.0 and 1.0 <= L/L-h <= 4.0 with L-h/b =5.0 and 10.0.

Experimental Investigation of Natural Convection in an Asymmetrically Heated Vertical Channel with an Asymmetric Chimney

MUSTO, MARILENA;
2005

Abstract

An experimental investigation on air natural convection, in a vertical channel asymmetrically heated at uniform heat flux, with downstream unheated parallel extensions, is carried out. One extension is coplanar to the unheated channel wall and the distance between the extensions is equal to or greater than the channel gap (geometrically asymmetric chimney). Experiments are performed with different values of the wall heat flux, aspect ratio (L-h/b), extension ratio (L/L-h) and expansion ratio (B/b). For the largest value of the aspect ratio (L-h/b = 10), the adiabatic extensions improve the thermal performance in terms of lower maximum wall temperature of the channel. Optimal configurations of the system with asymmetrical chimney are detected. Flow visualization shows a cold inflow in the channel-chimney system that penetrates down below the channel exit section. Maximum wall temperatures and channel Nusselt numbers are correlated to the channel Rayleigh number Ra*, and to the geometrical parameters, in the ranges 3.0 X 10(2) <= Ra*B/b <= 1.010(5), 1.0 <= B/b <= 3.0 and 1.0 <= L/L-h <= 4.0 with L-h/b =5.0 and 10.0.
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