AUGMENTED HEAT-TRANSFER IN TRIANGULAR DUCTS WITH FULL AND PARTIAL RIBBED WALLS
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Fully developed heat transfer coefficients and friction factors in triangular ducts with full and partial ribbed walls were experimentally obtained for Reynolds numbers between 104-105. The vertex corners of the triangular ducts were 90, 55, and 35 deg. Five rib configurations were tested: full and partial 90-deg transverse ribs, full and partial 45-deg crossed ribs on three-wall, and partial 45-deg crossed ribs on two-wall of the triangular duct. The results show that heat transfer coefficients were higher on the ribbed walls and the 90-deg vertex corner of the triangular duct than on the 55-deg vertex corner, and subsequently higher than those on the 35-deg vertex corner. The heat transfer coefficients and friction factors in triangular ducts with partial ribbed walls (90- or 45-deg ribs) were 10% higher than those with full ribbed walls. The results also show that heat transfer coefficients and friction factors were higher in triangular ducts with 90-deg transverse ribs (full or partial) than those with 45-deg crossed ribs. The semi-empirical friction and heat transfer correlations in ribbed triangular ducts were obtained. 1994 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.