An unsteady flow reversal of natural convection in vertical parallel plates with an asymmetrically heated wall is investigated numerically. For clarifying the occurrence of flow reversal, the width of the plates is regarded as a variable, and the non-reflecting boundary condition is adopted at apertures. The methods of the Roe scheme, preconditioning and dual time stepping matching LUSGS are simultaneously used to solve governing equations which are available for a low speed compressible flow problem. The flow reversal is observed under broad width situations and absent under narrow width situations. Distributions of the pressure differences at the apertures are revealed to indicate the occurrence of flow reversal. The present Nusselt numbers, which mean time and area-averaged ones, display relatively good agreement with those of the existing works.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Jul|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes