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Thermodynamic Basis for Natural Convection from an Isothermal Plate

Aubrey G. Jaffer

Abstract

There are successful theoretical models for laminar natural convection from downward-facing and vertical plates, but not for upward-facing plates. Moreover, there are no successful theoretical models for turbulent natural convection from external plates in any orientation.

The fundamental laws of thermodynamics make no distinction between laminar and turbulent flows. Natural convection is a non-reversible heat-engine which converts the temperature difference between an object and fluid into fluid flow. From the thermodynamic constraints on heat-engine efficiency, this investigation derives formulas for the natural convection induced by isothermal flat plates. Each of the resulting three formulas apply to both laminar and turbulent flows. The new upward-facing formula is in agreement with measurements from Fujii and Imura (1972), Goldstein, Sparrow, and Jones (1973), and Lloyd and Moran (1974) spanning 11 decades of Rayleigh numbers (Ra). It matches with 5.0% root-mean-squared relative error (RMSRE) the measurements from Lloyd and Moran spanning 4 decades of Ra which include the laminar-turbulent transition.

The introduction of harmonic-mean to compute characteristic-lengths enables a single vertical and single downward-facing formula to apply to circular, elliptical, rectangular, and other convex plate shapes. Using this innovation, the vertical plate formula matches circular disk measurements from Kobus and Wedekind (1995) with 3.2% RMSRE.

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Thermodynamic Basis for Natural Convection from an Isothermal Plate

Gray-code (self-similar) ramp-permutation roughness; L/ε≈13.86
Gray-code self-similar roughness

Skin-Friction and Forced Convection from Rough and Smooth Plates

Aubrey G. Jaffer

Abstract

Since the 1930s, theories of skin-friction drag from plates with rough surfaces have been based on analogy to turbulent flow within pipes having rough interiors. Failure of this analogy at low Reynolds number (Re) flow rates has frustrated attempts to create a comprehensive theory.

By introducing the concept of self-similar roughness, this investigation derives formulas for a plate's skin-friction drag coefficient and turbulent forced convection given its root-mean-squared (RMS) height-of-roughness and isotropic spatial period. These formulas match measurements from Pimenta, Moffat, and Kays (1975), Bergstrom, Akinlade, and Tachie (2005), and experiments conducted for this investigation within their expected measurement uncertainties.

Building on its analysis of self-similar roughness, this investigation also derives a formula for the skin-friction coefficient of a smooth plate; this formula matches measurements from Smith and Walker (1959) and Spalding and Chi (1964) spanning 4 decades of Re with 0.75% RMS relative error. Its new formula for smooth turbulent forced convection is in agreement with Lienhard (2020), while expanding the range to all fluid Prandtl numbers.

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Skin-Friction and Forced Convection from Rough and Smooth Plates

Turbulent Mixed Convection from an Isothermal Plate

Aubrey G. Jaffer

Abstract

When forced flow over an isothermal plate is turbulent, its total mixed convection can be computed as an algebraic function of only the forced and natural convections and the orientation of that surface.

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.

Also presented are series of total convection measurements at Reynolds numbers from 2500 to 25000 of the five combinations of horizontal and vertical plate orientation with turbulent horizontal and vertical flow, as well as at some intermediate angles.

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Turbulent Mixed Convection from an Isothermal Plate

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Convection Measurement Apparatus and Methodology

Aubrey G. Jaffer

Abstract

Presented are the design and operating methodology of an apparatus constructed to make measurements of forced convection from an isothermal plate with a precisely rough surface. Measurements with a 2.3% root-sum-squared measurement uncertainty were achieved.

Mixed convection measurements at various plate orientations were also made, driving the development of a theory of turbulent mixed convection from any rectangular plate having at least one horizontal edge.

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Convection Measurement Apparatus and Methodology

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-aid2.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-dnnt.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

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