Direct numerical simulation of forced thermal convection in square ducts

Davide Modesti, Sergio Pirozzoli

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Abstract

We carry out direct numerical simulation (DNS) of flow in a turbulent square duct by focusing on heat transfer effects, considering the case of unit Prandtl number. Reynolds numbers up to Reτ ≈ 2000 are considered which are much higher than in previous studies, and which yield clear scale separation between inner- and outer-layer dynamics. Close similarity between the behavior of the temperature and the streamwise velocity fields is confirmed as in previous studies related to plane channels and pipes. We find good agreement between the Nusselt number of square duct and circular pipe flow when the Reynolds number based on the hydraulic diameter is used, thus corroborating the common engineering practice. Popular engineering correlations for the heat transfer reveal deviations up to 5% with respect to DNS data, which are nicely fitted by a power law.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event12th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2022 - Osaka, Virtual, Japan
Duration: 19 Jul 202222 Jul 2022

Conference

Conference12th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, TSFP 2022
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityOsaka, Virtual
Period19/07/2222/07/22

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