Les of compressible turbulent annular pipe flow with a rotating wall

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

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Flow in an annular pipe with and without a wall rotating about its axis was investigated at moderate Reynolds numbers. 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 effects 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 non-rotating wall. The consequent effect was to enhance the turbulent kinetic energy and increased the intensity of the heat transfer rate there.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-199
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - Washington, DC., United States
Duration: 2003 Nov 152003 Nov 21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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