In this study, a numerical simulation of natural convection between two horizontal differentially heated pipelines inside a circular air-filled enclosure is performed using the finite difference method. The relevant parameters of the problem are the inclinations of the two cylinders (positioned vertically in this study, with the cold cylinder above the hot cylinder), the distance between cylinders and the Rayleigh number. The results show that transient irregular fluctuations in the flow field and heat transfer occur when the Rayleigh number increases or the distance between cylinders decreases. Under the current test conditions, increasing the Rayleigh number significantly increases the average heat transfer coefficient between the cold and hot cylinders.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Energy (miscellaneous)
- Control and Optimization
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering