Assessment of RANS Turbulence Models for Straight Cooling Ducts: Secondary Flow and Strong Property Variation Effects

Thomas Kaller, Alexander Doehring, Stefan Hickel, Steffen J. Schmidt, Nikolaus A. Adams

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Abstract

We present well-resolved RANS simulations of two generic asymmetrically heated cooling channel configurations, a high aspect ratio cooling duct operated with liquid water at (Formula Presented) and a cryogenic transcritical channel operated with methane at (Formula Presented). The former setup serves to investigate the interaction of turbulence-induced secondary flow and heat transfer, and the latter to investigate the influence of strong non-linear thermodynamic property variations in the vicinity of the critical point on the flow field and heat transfer. To assess the accuracy of the RANS simulations for both setups, well-resolved implicit LES simulations using the adaptive local deconvolution method as subgrid-scale turbulence model serve as comparison databases. The investigation focuses on the prediction capabilities of RANS turbulence models for the flow as well as the temperature field and turbulent heat transfer with a special focus on the turbulent heat flux closure influence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNotes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design
PublisherSpringer
Pages309-321
Number of pages13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameNotes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design
Volume146
ISSN (Print)1612-2909
ISSN (Electronic)1860-0824

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