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Natural Convection Around A 3D Hotstrip Simulated By BEM

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE090301

Volume

49

Pages

10

Page Range

343 - 352

Published

2009

Size

1,783 kb

Author(s)

J. Ravnik & L. ˇSkerget

Abstract

A 3D viscous flow solver was developed using a single domain and subdomain boundary element method. The solver was accelerated using wavelet compression and the fast multipole method. In this paper we present results of a natural convection simulation around a hotstrip. The hotstrip is located in a cavity filled with air, its height is one half of the cavities height. The flow generated by the hotstrip source is analysed in terms of flow structures and heat transfer. The position of the hotstrip is varied, its influence of the flow and heat transfer is also analysed. The problem was simulated for air (Pr = 0.71) and for Rayleigh number values up to Ra = 3.15 · 105. The results were compared with PIV measurements done by Corvaro and Paroncini. The results show, that the hotstrip generates two large cylindrical vortical structures, one on each side as well as two small vortices on top of the hotstrip. The size of the vortices is related to the position of the hotstrip within the cavity. Heat transfer analyses show that the heat flux is largest on the sides of the hotstrip, while through the top heat losses are small. Keywords: boundary element method, adaptive cross approximation,wavelet transform, hotstrip.

Keywords

boundary element method, adaptive cross approximation,wavelet transform, hotstrip