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Flow reversal of laminar mixed convection in the entry region of symmetrically heated, vertical plate channels

Abstract : The present numerical investigation is concerned with flow reversal phenomena for laminar, mixed convection of air in a vertical parallel-plate channel of finite length. Results are obtained for buoyancy assisted flow in a symmetrically heated channel with uniform wall temperatures for various Grashof numbers and Reynolds numbers in the range 300 < Re < 1300. The effects of buoyancy forces on the flow pattern are investigated and the shapes of velocity and temperature profiles are discussed in detail. Flow reversals centred in the entrance of the channel are predicted. The strength of the cells decreases as the Reynolds number is increased, until they disappear. The regime of reversed flow is identified for high values of the Péclet number in a Pe-Gr/Re map. It is also shown that the channel length has no influence on the occurrence of the reversal flow provided that H/D > 10.
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G. Desrayaud, Guy Lauriat. Flow reversal of laminar mixed convection in the entry region of symmetrically heated, vertical plate channels. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Elsevier, 2009, 48 (-), pp.2036-2045. ⟨10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2009.03.002⟩. ⟨hal-00750521⟩

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