Heat transfer in rotating rectangular channels with V-shaped and angled ribs Academic Article uri icon


  • An experimental study was performed to measure the regionally averaged heat-transfer distributions in a rotating ribbed channel with an aspect ratio of 4:1. The Reynolds number, based on hydraulic diameter, varies from 5 103to 40 103. The rotation number ranges from 0 to 0.3, and the inlet coolant-to-wall density ratio (p/p) is maintained around 0.122. Six different configurations of ribs, oriented at an angle of 45 deg to the direction of flow, are placed on both the leading and trailing surfaces: 1) parallel V-shaped ribs without gaps, 2) staggered V-shaped ribs without gaps, 3) parallel V-shaped ribs with gaps, 4) parallel angled ribs without gaps, 5) staggered angled ribs without gaps, and 6) parallel angled ribs with gaps. The rib-height-to-hydraulic-diameter ratio (e/Dh) is 0.078, and the rib-pitch-to-height ratio (P/e) is 10. The channel orientation with respect to the plane of rotation is 135 deg. The results show that the V-shaped rib configuration produces more heat-transfer enhancement than the angled rib configurations. It is also shown that there is only a negligible difference between the heat-transfer enhancement due to the staggered V-shaped ribs without gaps and the enhancement due to the parallel V-shaped ribs without gaps. The same is true for the staggered and parallel angled ribs without gaps. Also, the parallel V-shaped ribs without gaps produce more heat-transfer enhancement than the V-shaped ribs with gaps, whereas the parallel angled ribs with gaps produce more heat-transfer enhancement than the angled ribs without gaps. Finally, rotation further increases the heat transfer from all surfaces above that of the stationary channels.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, E., Wright, L. M., & Han, J. C.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Lee, E||Wright, LM||Han, JC

publication date

  • January 2005