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Numerical Study of Natural Convection in an Enclosure with an Internal Heat Source at Higher Rayleigh Numbers

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Heat Transfer - Asian Research

Source : Heat Transfer - Asian Research, Volume 44, Number 7, p.620-640 (2015)

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Keywords : Enclosure, Natural convection, Rayleigh number

Campus : Coimbatore

School : School of Engineering

Department : Mechanical Engineering

Year : 2015

Abstract : Natural convection is extensively used in cooling of large scale electrical and electronic equipments. This work involves study of flow and heat transfer characteristics in enclosures with partial openings having an internal heat source at higher Rayleigh number (Rah > 106). It involves the numerical simulation of 2D steady state natural convection in enclosures of different aspect ratios (H/W = 2 and 3) for five Rayleigh numbers (Rah = 107, 108, 109, 1010, and 1011). Two different configurations have been considered based on the number and position of vents-diagonal side (DS) and two inlets one outlet (2I1O). The time dependent nature of the flow is characterized by performing a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis of temperature and velocity at a characteristic location in the enclosure. The global parameters considered are the mass flow rate driven through the cavity by the heater and the average Nu defined over the heater surface. It is seen that with increase in Rah, flow becomes more fluctuating and moves towards chaotic regime and this transition is quicker at lower H/W. For the given configuration both the global parameters increases with increase in Rah and decrease in H/W. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Cite this Research Publication : A. Gowrishankar, Vignesh, S., Sunder, P. B. Shyam, Abhinav, R., Vivek Mugundhan, and Dr. Ratna Kishore V., “Numerical Study of Natural Convection in an Enclosure with an Internal Heat Source at Higher Rayleigh Numbers”, Heat Transfer - Asian Research, vol. 44, pp. 620-640, 2015.

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