Application of modified discrete ordinates method to combined conduction‐radiation heat transfer problems in irregular geometries

H. Amiri (Mechanical Engineering Department, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran)
S.H. Mansouri (Mechanical Engineering Department, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran)
P.J. Coelho (Mechanical Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Publication date: 14 September 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The solution of radiative heat transfer problems in participating media is often obtained using the standard discrete ordinates method (SDOM). This method produces anomalies caused by ray effects if radiative boundary conditions have discontinuities or abrupt changes. Ray effects may be mitigated using the modified discrete ordinates method (MDOM), which is based on superposition of the solutions obtained by considering separately radiation from the walls and radiation from the medium. The purpose of this paper is to study the role of ray effects in combined conduction‐radiation problems and investigate the superiority of the MDOM over SDOM.

Design/methodology/approach

The MDOM has been used to calculate radiative heat transfer in irregular geometries using body‐fitted coordinates. Here, the blocked‐off region concept, originally developed in computational fluid dynamics, is used along with the finite volume method and SDOM or MDOM to solve combined conduction‐radiation heat transport problems in irregular geometries. Enclosures with an absorbing, emitting and isotropically or anisotropically scattering medium are analyzed.

Findings

The results confirm the capability of the MDOM to minimize the anomalies due to ray effects in combined heat transfer problems, and demonstrate that MDOM is more computationally efficient than SDOM.

Originality/value

The paper demonstrates the application of MDOM to combined conduction‐radiation heat transfer problems in irregular geometries using blocked‐off method.

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Citation

Amiri, H., Mansouri, S. and Coelho, P. (2012), "Application of modified discrete ordinates method to combined conduction‐radiation heat transfer problems in irregular geometries", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 22 No. 7, pp. 862-879. https://doi.org/10.1108/09615531211255752

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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