Heat transfer in rotating rectangular cooling channels (AR=4) with angled ribs Academic Article uri icon


  • An investigation into determining the effect of rotation on heat transfer in a rib-roughened rectangular channel with aspect ratio of 4:1 is detailed in this paper. A broad range of flow parameters have been selected including Reynolds number (Re=500040000), rotation number (Ro=0.040.3) and coolant to wall density ratio at the inlet /i=0.122. The rib turbulators, attached to the leading and trailing surface, are oriented at an angle =45deg to the direction of flow. The effect of channel orientations of =90 deg and 135 deg with respect to the plane of rotation is also investigated. Results show that the narrow rectangular passage exhibits a much higher heat transfer enhancement for the ribbed surface than the square and 2:1 duct previously investigated. Also, duct orientation significantly affects the leading and side surfaces, yet does not have much affect on the trailing surfaces for both smooth and ribbed surfaces. Furthermore, spanwise heat transfer distributions exist across the leading and trailing surfaces and are accentuated by the use of angled ribs. The smooth and ribbed case trailing surfaces and smooth case side surfaces exhibited a strong dependence on rotation number.

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author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 60

complete list of authors

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

publication date

  • July 2002