Turbulent natural convection heat transfer in a square enclosure: Turbulence model comparisons

D. L. James, S. W. Webb

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Abstract

A CFD study using four engineering turbulence models has been performed to evaluate the convective heat transfer predictions for an air-filled square enclosure with a Rayleigh number of 1.58 × 109. The four turbulence models considered are, as implemented by FLUENT: a k-ε model, an RNG k-ε model, a "realizable" k-ε model, and a k-ω model. All of the turbulence models investigated employ the Boussinesq approximation to evaluate the unknown turbulent viscosity and use the ideal gas equation of state to evaluate the density in the body force term. The performance of all models was similar. Predicted Nusselt number distributions on the hot and cold walls were overpredicted when compared to experimental data. The predicted average Nusselt numbers were nearly 20% higher on the active walls, and 10% higher on the passive, horizontal walls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages193-199
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
Event2004 ASME Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference, HT/FED 2004 - Charlotte, NC, United States
Duration: Jul 11 2004Jul 15 2004

Conference

Conference2004 ASME Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference, HT/FED 2004
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte, NC
Period07/11/0407/15/04

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