Numerical predictions of the inclination effects on the buoyancy-induced oscillatory flow in a lid-driven arc-shaped cavity are presented in this report. Governing equations in terms of the stream function - vorticity formulation expressing the laws of conservation in mass, momentum, and energy are solved by the finite-volume method in curvilinear coordinates. Computations have been performed for various combinations of physical parameters. The inclination angle of the cavity (θ) is varied from 0° to 15°, the Reynolds number (Re) is assigned to be 100, 200, and 500, and the Grashof number (Gr) ranges from 3 × 105 to 1 × 107, while the Prandtl number is fixed at 0.71 for air. In these above ranges of the parameters, two kinds of oscillatory flow pattern have been observed, namely, the traversing-periodic and the half-periodic patterns. Attention has been focused on the effects of the inclination effects on the occurrence of these two different oscillatory flow patterns. Meanwhile, periodic variation in the mixed-convection heat transfer accompanying the oscillatory flow field has also been studied, and the results for the local and the overall Nusselt numbers are presented.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Numerical Analysis
- Condensed Matter Physics