Thermal performance of angled, V-shaped, and W-shaped rib turbulators in rotating rectangular cooling channels (AR = 4:1) Conference Paper uri icon


  • An experimental study was performed to measure the heat transfer distributions and factional losses in rotating ribbed channels with an aspect ratio of 4:1. Angled, discrete angled, V-shaped, and discrete V-shaped ribs were investigated, as well as the newly proposed W-shaped and discrete W-shaped ribs. In all cases, the ribs are placed on both the leading and trailing surfaces of the channel, and they are oriented 45° to the mainstream flow. The rib height-to-hydraulic diameter ratio (e/D) is 0.078, and the rib pitch-to-height ratio (P/e) is 10. The channel orientation with respect to the direction of rotation is 135°. The range of flow parameters includes Reynolds number (Re = 10000 - 40000), rotation number (Ro = 0.0 - 0.15), and inlet coolant-to-wall density ratio (Δρ/ρ = 0.12). Both heat transfer and pressure measurements were taken, so the overall performance of each rib configuration could be evaluated It was determined that the W-shaped and discrete W-shaped ribs had the superior heat transfer performance in both non-rotating and rotating channels. However, these two configurations also incurred the greatest frictional losses while the discrete V-shaped and discrete angled ribs resulted in the lowest pressure drop. Based on the heat transfer enhancement and the pressure drop penalty, the discrete V-shaped ribs and the discrete W-shaped ribs exhibit the best overall thermal performance in both rotating and non-rotating channels. These configurations are followed closely by the W-shaped ribs. The angled rib configuration resulted in the worst performance of the six configurations of the present study.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wright, L. M., Fu, W. L., & Han, J. C.

publication date

  • December 2004