Numerical Simulation for Natural Convection in Vertical Channels
The investigation of laminar natural convection in vertical obstructed channels is conducted using an h-adaptive finite element algorithm. The adaptive model uses an L2 norm based a-posteriori error estimator with a semi-implicit, time-stepping projection technique. The advection terms are treated using an explicit Adams Bashforth method while the diffusion terms are advanced by an implicit Euler scheme. By using the adaptive algorithm, mesh independent studies can be avoided. Results are obtained for thermal and flow patterns including average Nusselt numbers for different parameters (Rayleigh number, aspect ratio and locations of obstructions) in both smooth and obstructed channels.
H-Adaptive finite element method; Heat – Convection; Natural; Laminar flow; Natural convection; Vertical channel
Energy Systems | Fluid Dynamics | Heat Transfer, Combustion | Mechanical Engineering
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Numerical Simulation for Natural Convection in Vertical Channels.
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 52(17-18),