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Conjugate forced convection flow past a circular cylinder with internal heat generation in a porous medium

Nur F. Abd Kadir (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, UK)
D.A.S. Rees (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, UK)
Ioan Pop (Faculty of Mathematics, University of Cluj, Cluj, Romania)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Article publication date: 8 August 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The aim is to determine the effect of different conductivity ratios on forced convection past a circular cylinder embedded in a porous medium, where the solid cylinder forms a uniform heat source.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors employ an unsteady finite difference method to obtain the resulting steady‐state solutions. Interface conditions are applied using the fictitious point method.

Findings

It is found that, the thermal field within the cylinder and in the external porous region depend strongly on the ratio of the respective conductivities. In the extreme cases the cylinder acts either as one with a uniform temperature (high‐cylinder conductivity) or with a uniform heat flux (low‐cylinder conductivity).

Research limitations/implications

Conductivity ratios in the range 0.1≤γ≤100 and Péclet numbers in the range, 1≤Pe≤1,000 were taken.

Originality/value

Forced convection studies usually focus on cases where the solid phase has a prescribed temperature or heat flux. The present paper employs a uniform heat generation within the cylinder to determine how the therrmal field depends on the Péclet number and the conductivity ratio.

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Citation

Abd Kadir, N.F., Rees, D.A.S. and Pop, I. (2008), "Conjugate forced convection flow past a circular cylinder with internal heat generation in a porous medium", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 730-744. https://doi.org/10.1108/09615530810885542

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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