Detailed measurement of heat/mass transfer and pressure drop in a rotating two-pass duct with transverse ribs

Kyung Min Kim, Dong Hyun Lee, Hyung Hee Cho

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The present study investigates the convective heat/mass transfer and pressure drop characteristics in a rotating two-pass duct with and without transverse ribs. The Reynolds number based on the hydraulic diameter is kept constant at 10,000 and the rotation number is varied from 0.0 to 0.2. When rib turbulators are installed, heat/mass transfer and friction loss are respectively augmented 2.5 times and 5.8 times higher than those of the smooth duct since the main flow is turbulated by reattaching and separating on the vicinity of the duct surfaces. Differences of heat/mass transfer and pressure coefficient between leading and trailing surfaces result from the rotation of duct, so that Sherwood number ratios and pressure coefficients are high on the trailing surface in the first-pass and on the leading surface in the second-pass. In the turning region, a pair of Dean vortices shown in the stationary case transform into one large asymmetric vortex cell, and subsequently heat/mass transfer and pressure drop characteristics also change. As the rotation number increases, the discrepancies of the heat/mass transfer and the pressure coefficient enlarge between the leading and trailing surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-815
Number of pages15
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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