CFD Analysis of Natural Convection in Differentially Heated Enclosure

M K, Santhosh Kumar (2009) CFD Analysis of Natural Convection in Differentially Heated Enclosure. MTech thesis.



The thermal control in many systems is widely accomplished applying natural convection process due to its low cost, reliability and easy maintenance. Typical applications include the heat exchangers, cooling of electronic equipment and nuclear reactors, solar chimneys and Trombe walls in building industry, etc.
Numerical and experimental studies of natural convective flows in two dimensional channels, opened to ambient conditions at both end sections, are extensively reported in the literature but most of them are treated severely idealized situations. CFD code of natural convection with variable properties and slip condition are presented in the present work. The 2D, laminar simulations are obtained by solving the governing equations using a Fluent 6.2.16. It is considered that the temperature variations are not so high and the Boussinesq approximation is applied. The latter leads to the simplification of the system of equations. The computed results for Nusselt number, velocity and temperature profiles and heat transfer rate are directly compared with those proposed in the bibliography letting therefore the validation of the employed numerical procedure.

Item Type:Thesis (MTech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:CFD, Natural Convection, Enclosure
Subjects:Engineering and Technology > Mechanical Engineering > Computational Fluid Dynamics
Divisions: Engineering and Technology > Department of Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:1469
Deposited By:Santhosh Kumar M.K
Deposited On:09 Jun 2009 14:44
Last Modified:09 Jun 2009 14:44
Supervisor(s):Mahapatra, S K

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