ANALYSIS OF NATURAL CONVECTION IN THE SPACE BETWEEN CONCENTRIC VERTICAL CYLINDERS OF DIFFERENT HEIGHT AND DIAMETER.

M. Charmchi, Ephraim M Sparrow

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Numerical finite-difference solutions were carried out for natural convection in the enclosed space between two concentric vertical cylinders, with each cylinder being maintained at a different uniform temperature. In the investigated configurations, the inner cylinder was of lesser height than that outer cylinder. The investigated parameters included the ratio of the inner-cylinder diameter to the outer-cylinder diameter, the vertical position of the inner cylinder, and the Rayleigh number of the inner cylinder; the Prandtl number was fixed at 0. 7 for all cases. The presentation of results encompassed streamline and isotherm maps, velocity profiles, per-surface and overall heat transfer rates and Nusselt numbers, and local Nusselt numbers. It was found that as the natural convection grows stronger with increasing Rayleigh number, the most vigorous motions tend to be concentrated in the upper portion of the enclosure, with an accompanying bottom-to-top stratification. This work is pertinent to electronic equipment packaging, nuclear reactor safety, energy conservation and solar collectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-144
Number of pages26
JournalNumerical Heat Transfer
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

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ANALYSIS OF NATURAL CONVECTION IN THE SPACE BETWEEN CONCENTRIC VERTICAL CYLINDERS OF DIFFERENT HEIGHT AND DIAMETER. / Charmchi, M.; Sparrow, Ephraim M.

In: Numerical Heat Transfer, Vol. 5, No. 2, 01.01.1982, p. 119-144.

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