Forced Convection in Asymmetric Wavy Channel

Abstract

The effects of wavy wall in asymmetric two-dimensional channel on flow and heat transfer have investigated in this paper. The flow and temperature fields are studied numerically with different amplitude to channel length ratio and different number of waves. The laminar flow field is analyzed numerically by solving the steady, two-dimensional incompressible Navier-Stokes and energy equations. The Cartesian velocity components and pressure on a collocated (non-staggered) grid are used as dependent variables in the momentum equations, which discretized by finite volume method, body fitted coordinates are used to represent the complex wavy wall geometry accurately, and grid generation technique based on elliptic partial differential equations is employed. SIMPLE algorithm is used to adjust the velocity field to satisfy the conservation of mass. The range of Reynolds number is (Re = 50 - 500). The results show that at high amplitude to wave length ratio and high Reynolds number the wavy channel is an effective heat transfer device and the heat transfer enhancement increases with increases the number of waves. Good agreement with the published available data is obtained.