Effects of wall rotation on heat transfer to annular turbulent flow: Outer wall rotating

Joon Sang Lee, Xiaofeng Xu, Richard H. Pletcher

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Simulations were conducted for air flowing upward in a vertical annular pipe with a rotating outer wall. Simulations concentrated on the occurrence of laminarization and property variations for high heat flux heat transfer. The compressible filtered Navier-Stokes equations were solved using a second-order accurate finite volume method. Low Mach number preconditioning was used to enable the compressible code to work efficiently at low Mach numbers. A dynamic subgrid-scale stress model accounted for the subgrid-scale turbulence. When the outer wall rotated, a significant reduction of turbulent kinetic energy was realized near the rotating wall and the intensity of bursting appeared to decrease. This modification of the turbulent structures was related to the vortical structure changes near the rotating wall. It has been observed that the wall vortices were pushed in the direction of rotation and their intensity increased near the nonrotating wall. The consequent effect was to enhance the turbulent kinetic energy and increase the Nusselt number there.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-838
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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