Detailed heat transfer distributions in two-pass square channels with rib turbulators Academic Article uri icon


  • Detailed Nusselt number distributions are presented for a two-pass square channel with one ribbed wall. This wall of the channel is sprayed with thermochromic liquid crystals, and a transient test is run to obtain the local heat transfer coefficients. Results are presented for Reynolds numbers ranging from 6000 to 60 000. The rib height-to-hydraulic diameter ratio is 0.125; the rib pitch-to-height ratio is 10; and the rib configurations are 90 parallel, 60 parallel, 60 V, and 60 broken V. Detailed measurements are presented in the first pass, before the 180 turn, in the turn region, after the turn, and further downstream in the second pass. The detailed distributions provide a clear understanding of the secondary flows induced by the 180 turn and the rib turbulators. 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer

author list (cited authors)

  • Ekkad, S. V., & Han, J.

citation count

  • 196

complete list of authors

  • Ekkad, Srinath V||Han, Je-Chin

publication date

  • July 1997