Heat transfer in two-pass rotating rectangular channels (AR=2) with five different orientations of 45 deg V-shaped rib turbulators Academic Article uri icon


  • An experimental study was made to obtain heat transfer data for a two-pass rectangular channel (aspect ratio=2:1) with smooth and ribbed surfaces for two channel orientations (90 deg and 135 deg with respect to the plane of rotation). The V-shaped ribs are placed on the leading and trailing surfaces. Five different arrangements of 45 deg V-shaped ribs are studied. The Reynolds number and rotation number ranges are 500040000, and 0.00.21, respectively. The rib height to hydraulic diameter ratio (e/D) is 0.094; the rib pitch-to-height ratio (P/e) is 10; and the inlet coolant-to-wall density ratio (/) is maintained around 0.115 for every test. The results show that the rotation-induced secondary flow enhances the heat transfer of the first pass trailing surface and second pass leading surface. However, the first pass leading and the second pass trailing surfaces show a decrease in heat transfer with rotation. The results also show that parallel 45 deg V-shaped rib arrangements produce better heat transfer augmentation than inverted 45 deg V-shaped ribs and crossed 45 deg V-shaped ribs, and a 90 deg channel orientation produces greater rotating effect on heat transfer than a 135 deg orientation.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Al-Hadhrami, L., Griffith, T., & Han, J. C.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Al-Hadhrami, L||Griffith, T||Han, JC

publication date

  • March 2003