Numerical Prediction of Flow and Heat Transfer in a Two-pass Square Channel with 90 Ribs Academic Article uri icon


  • Numerical predictions of three-dimensional flow and heat transfer are presented for a two-pass square channel withparallel ribs. Square sectioned ribs were employed along the one side surface. The rib height-to-hydraulic diameter ratio (e/Dh) is 0.125 and the rib pitch-to-height ratio(P/e)is 10. The computation results were compared with the experimental data of Ekkad and Han (1997) at a Reynolds number (Re) of 30,000.A multi-block numerical method was used with a chimera domain decomposition technique. The finite analytic method solved the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes equation in conjunction with a near-wall second-order Reynolds stress (secondmoment) closure model, and a two-layerk isotropic eddy viscosity model. Comparing the second-moment and two-layer calculations with the experimental data clearly demonstrated that the rib turbulators and the 180sharp turn of the channel produced strong non-isotropic turbulence and heat fluxes, which significantly affected the flow fields and heat transfer coefficients. The near-wall second-moment closure model provides an improved heat transfer prediction in comparison with thek model.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Rotating Machinery

author list (cited authors)

  • Jang, Y., Chen, H., & Han, J.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Jang, Yong-Jun||Chen, Hamn-Ching||Han, Je-Chin

publication date

  • January 2001