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Convection Articles


Skin-Friction and Forced Convection from an Isothermal Rough Plate

Aubrey G. Jaffer

Abstract

A novel analysis of the turbulence generated by steady flow along a self-similar roughness yields elegant new formulas for skin-friction coefficient and forced convection, both of which apply to isothermal plates having self-similar or periodic roughness in terms of root-mean-squared (RMS) height-of-roughness ε > 0:

fc = 1
3 ln2(L/ε)
Nu = Re Pr1/3
6 ln2(L/ε)
L
ε
≫ 1

Measurements of plates with periodic roughness by the author and by Pimenta, Moffat, and Kays (1975) support these formulas in the rough-turbulent regime.

Dimensional analysis indicates that for periodic isotropic roughness with period LS ≪ L, the least upper bounds for laminar and smooth-turbulent flow along the plate will be, respectively:

ReL = 0.6642 L LS
2 ε2
ReS = 0.0365 L LS4
24 ε5

When LS/ε < 388, the flow should transition directly from laminar to rough-turbulence at ReL. When LS/ε > 388, the flow should transition from laminar to smooth-turbulence at critical Reynolds number ReL, and to rough-turbulence at ReS.

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Skin-Friction and Forced Convection from an Isothermal Rough Plate


Thermodynamic Basis for Natural Convection from an Isothermal Plate

Aubrey G. Jaffer

Abstract

The combination of a heated horizontal plate with a turbine above it constitutes a non-reversible heat-engine, converting the flow of heat into mechanical work. Thermodynamic analysis of this hypothetical apparatus finds that its maximum thermodynamic efficiency is 0.5 ΔT/T, which is half of the limit for reversible heat-engines. Furthermore, when measured at the plate, both the convection and upward fluid flow will be the maximum allowed by this thermodynamic efficiency, yielding a single formula for natural convection from an upward-facing horizontal plate:

Nu = (0.671 + 0.370 Ra1/6)2

The same approach produces an upper bound for natural convection from a vertical plate:

Nu < (0.826 + 0.387 Ra1/6)2

Scaling Ra by a function of Pr results in a formula equaling that from Churchill and Chu (1975) over its full range.

Nu = (0.826 + 0.387 [Ra/Ξ(Pr)]1/6)2 Ξ(Pr) = ||1, 0.492/Pr||9/16

Adding a term for static conduction extends the formula from Schulenberg (1985) for convection from a downward-facing plate.

Nu = 0.682 + 0.544 [Ra/Ξ(Pr)]1/5 Ξ(Pr) = ||1, 0.785/Pr||3/5

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Thermodynamic Basis for Natural Convection from an Isothermal Plate


Turbulent Mixed Convection from an Isothermal Plate

Aubrey G. Jaffer

Abstract

Presented are new correlations for turbulent mixed convection from an isothermal rectangular surface having at least one horizontal edge and flow parallel to an edge of that surface.

When mixed with natural convection, laminar and turbulent forced flows behave quite differently. For turbulent forced flow, mixed convection is successfully modeled as a function of only the natural and forced convective surface conductances and plate and flow orientations. Furthermore, in each orientation turbulent mixed convection is bounded by the L4-norm and L2-norm of the forced and natural convective surface conductances.

Natural convection and horizontal forced flow mix as the L2-norm for vertical and upward-facing plates and the L4-norm for downward-facing plates. With vertical flow by a vertical plate, mixing transitions between the L4-norm and the L2-norm for both aiding and opposing flows.

Systematic measurements at Reynolds numbers from 2500 to 20000 of the 10 combinations of horizontal or vertical orientation and laminar natural flow mixed with turbulent and rough-turbulent forced flows were made in air using 0.305 m square heated plates having 3.0 mm and 1.03 mm RMS height-of-roughness. The formulas presented here match nearly all of these measurements within the apparatus' expected uncertainties.

Building on Fujii and Imura's approach to natural convection from an inclined plate, this mixed convection model is extended to any inclination of a rectangular plate having at least one horizontal edge and flow parallel to an edge.

Measurements of buoyancy-aided and buoyancy-opposed mixed flows made at a plate angle of 84.5° (nearly face down) also match this generalized formula within the expected uncertainties.

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Turbulent Mixed Convection from an Isothermal Plate

Supplementary Data

In the temperature versus time graphs in the supplementary files, the green, blue, and black traces are the plate, (insulated) back, and ambient temperatures respectively. The upper red trace is a simulation of the plate temperature with the back and average ambient temperatures as inputs. The middle red trace is a simulation of the back temperature with the plate and ambient temperatures as inputs. The lower red line is the ambient temperature averaged over the measurement period.

The diamonds on the plate temperature trace mark the beginning and end of the measurement period, the ending temperature difference with ambient being at most half of the peak temperature difference with ambient. The simulated plate temperature is reset to the real plate temperature at the first diamond.

Underneath each temperature graph is a graph of the air velocity versus time for mixed convection runs and Rayleigh number versus time for natural convection runs.

Natural Convection
natural.pdfNatural Convection at a dozen Rayleigh numbers in vertical and horizontal orientations.
angles.pdfNatural Convection at angles from −90 to +90
Mixed Convection
mixed-up.pdf3mm roughness face up; horizontal forced flow
mixed-up.pdf1mm roughness face up; horizontal forced flow
mixed-aid.pdf3mm roughness face vertical; upward forced flow
mixed-aid.pdf1mm roughness face vertical; upward forced flow
mixed-vt.pdf3mm roughness face vertical; horizontal forced flow
mixed-vt.pdf1mm roughness face vertical; horizontal forced flow
mixed-opp.pdf3mm roughness face vertical; downward forced flow
mixed-opp.pdf1mm roughness face vertical; downward forced flow
mixed-dn.pdf3mm roughness face down; horizontal forced flow
mixed-dn.pdf1mm roughness face down; horizontal forced flow
mixed-aid+84.pdf1mm roughness face down inclined aiding +84.5°
mixed-opp+85.pdf1mm roughness face down inclined opposing +84.5°
Zip of Supplementary Files
supplementary.zipZip Archive of All Files

Convection Measurement Apparatus and Methodology

Aubrey G. Jaffer

Abstract

Presented are the design and operating methodology of an apparatus constructed to make accurate measurements of mixed convection at all horizontal and vertical orientations of an isothermal plate with forced airflow in the plane of the plate.

The measurements from this Convection Machine drove the development and validation of a comprehensive theory of turbulent mixed convection from a rectangular plate having at least one horizontal edge.

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Convection Measurement Apparatus and Methodology



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