UPWARD FLOW AND HEAT TRANSFER AROUND TWO HEATED CIRCULAR CYLINDERS IN SQUARE DUCT UNDER AIDING THERMAL BUOYANCY
H. Laidoudi (DOI: 10.24874/jsscm.2020.14.01.10)
This paper presents a numerical investigation of mixed convection heat transfer around a pair of identical circular cylinders placed in side-by-side arrangement inside a square cavity of single inlet and outlet ports. The investigation provided the analysis of gradual effect of aiding thermal buoyancy on upward flow around cylinders and its effect on heat transfer rate. For that purpose, the governing equations involving continuity, momentum and energy are solved using the commercial code ANSYS-CFX. The distance between cylinders is fixed with half-length of cavity. The simulation is assumed to be in laminar, steady, incompressible flow within range of following conditions: Re = 1 to 40, Ri = 0 to 1 at Pr = 0.71. The main obtained results are shown in the form of streamline and isotherm contours in order to interpret the physical phenomena of flow and heat transfer. The average Nusselt number is also computed and presented. It was found that increase in Reynolds number and/or Richardson number increases the heat transfer. Also, aiding thermal buoyancy creates new form of counter-rotating zones between cylinders.