Conjugate heat transfer simulation of a rectangular natural circulation loop

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In this article, conjugate heat transfer characteristics of a single-phase rectangular natural circulation loop were investigated numerically. Effects of the wall thermal conductivity and the wall thickness on the heat transfer behavior in a circulation loop with fixed geometrical configuration were investigated in detail. The presence of axial conduction through thick and highly conductive loop wall tends to strengthen markedly the buoyancy-induced circulating flow in the loop at lower Ra*.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-175
Number of pages9
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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