Natural convection in a triangular enclosure heated from below and non-uniformly cooled from top

Saha, Suvash C. & Gu, Y.T. (2015) Natural convection in a triangular enclosure heated from below and non-uniformly cooled from top. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 80, pp. 529-538.

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This study is concerned with transient natural convection in an isosceles triangular enclosure subject to non-uniformly cooling at the inclined surfaces and uniformly heating at the base. The numerical simulations of the unsteady flows over a range of Rayleigh numbers and aspect ratios are carried out using Finite Volume Method. Since the upper inclined surfaces are linearly cooled and the bottom surface is heated, the flow is potentially unstable. It is revealed from the numerical simulations that the transient flow development in the enclosure can be classified into three distinct stages; an early stage, a transitional stage, and a steady stage. The flow inside the enclosure depends significantly on the governing parameters, Rayleigh number and aspect ratio. The effect of Rayleigh number and aspect ratio on the flow development and heat transfer rate are discussed. The key finding for this study is to analyze the pitchfork bifurcation of the flow about the geometric center line. The heat transfer through the roof and the ceiling as a form of Nusselt number is reported in this study.

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ID Code: 88788
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Instability, Natural convection, Non-uniform cooling, Pitchfork bifurcation, Triangular enclosure
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2014.09.047
ISSN: 0017-9310
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2015 03:56
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 03:56

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