Effect of surface radiation on natural convective flows and onset of flow reversal in asymmetrically heated vertical channels

R. Li 1 M. Bousetta 1 Eric Chénier 2 Guy Lauriat 1
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Abstract : Numerical solutions on the influence of surface radiation on the laminar air flow induced by natural convection in vertical, asymmetrically-heated channels are discussed. Variable property effects are accounted for in a full-elliptic mathematical formulation. The density variation is determined from the state equation for ideal gas. The experimental design and data reported in Webb and Hill [1] are taken as the base cases for carrying out the computations. The occurrence of flow reversals is first considered and revisited for pure natural convection, and the Nusselt number correlations derived from the numerical results are favorably compared with those reported in [1]. It is shown that the general effect of surface radiation is to delete the onset of pocketlike recirculations at the top part of the channel, to reduce the heated wall temperatures, and to increase the facing wall temperatures. Comparisons with usual methods used for decoupling the surface radiation effects are discussed. In the range of parameters investigated, increases in differences between inlet and maximum wall temperatures up to 200K are shown to have small influences on the flow field and negligible effects on heat transfer performances.
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R. Li, M. Bousetta, Eric Chénier, Guy Lauriat. Effect of surface radiation on natural convective flows and onset of flow reversal in asymmetrically heated vertical channels. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Elsevier, 2013, 65 (-), pp.9-27. ⟨10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2012.10.023⟩. ⟨hal-00764760⟩

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