Experimental and numerical study of mixed convection and flow pattern in a lid-driven arc-shape cavity

Chin Lung Chen, Chin Hsiang Cheng

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Experimental and numerical study has been perfonned to investigate the combined effects of lid movement and buoyancy on flow and heat transfer characteristics for the mixed convective flow inside a lid-driven arc-shape cavity. The numerical methodology is based on a numerical grid generation scheme that maps the complex cross section onto a rectangular computation domain. The discretization procedure for the governing equations is based on the finite-volume method. In experiments, steady-state temperature data are measured by T-type thermocouples, and the flow field is visualized by using kerosene smoke. Reynolds number and Grashof number are two major independent parameters representing the effects of lid movement and buoyancy, respectively. Flow pattern, friction factor, and Nusselt numbers are investigated in wide ranges of these independent parameters. Close agreement in the comparison between the predicted and the visualized flow patterns shows the validity of the numerical methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-66
Number of pages9
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Nov 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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