This paper reports a numerical study on buoyancy-aided steady convection heat transfer from a horizontal cylinder situated in a vertical adiabatic duct. Numerical results have been generated for H1/D=2.5, 4, 8, H/D=8, 16, 24, S/D=2, 4, 6, 20≤Re≤60, and Ri up to 4. The placing of a horizontal cylinder in a vertical duct of smaller width results in significantly enhanced pure forced convection due to the blockage effect, but degrades appreciably the extent of buoyancy-aided enhancement in the heat transfer rate. Nevertheless, the presence of a vertical duct leads to an overall enhancement of mixed convection heat transfer coefficient relative to that without the confining duct. Moreover, the average Nusselt number is rather insensitive to the variation of either the position of the cylinder in the duct or the duct height in the investigated ranges of these geometric parameters.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Computational Mechanics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes