Large eddy simulation of mixed convection in a vertical turbulent annular pipe flow

Joon Sang Lee, Xiaofeng Xu, R. H. Pletcher

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The goal of the present study is to perform a large eddy simulation of vertical turbulent annular pipe flow under conditions in which fluid properties vary significantly, and to investigate the effects of buoyancy on the turbulent structures and transport. Isoflux wall boundary conditions with low and high heating are imposed. The compressible filtered Navier-Stokes equations are solved using a second order accurate finite volume method. Low Mach number preconditioning is used to enable the compressible code to work efficiently at low Mach numbers. A dynamic subgrid-scale stress model accounts for the subgrid-scale turbulence. Comparisons were made with available experimental data. The results showed that the strong heating and buoyant force caused distortions of the flow structure resulting in reduction of turbulent intensities, shear stress, and turbulent heat flux, particularly near the wall.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-94
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event2002 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 2002 Nov 172002 Nov 22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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