Measurements of convective heat transfer around a single rod bundle for three gap spacing



Nusselt number, Heated cell, Compound channel, Rod bundle, Coherent structures


This work aims to evaluate the experimentally the convective heat transfer coefficient around a single rod
bundle under turbulent flow. The single rod bundle is part of a compound channel that is mainly characterized by
their dimensionless numbers such as the Reynolds number, and the W/D - ratio. The gap width, δ, is the distance
between the rod and the upper part of the channel. During the experimental campaign, the gap δ was changed its
width to 5, 10 and 15 mm, yielding a W/D = 1.05, 1.10 and 1.15, respectively. The dimension W is the sum of the gap
width, δ, and the cylinder’s diameter. The test section length was kept constant, 1800 mm. Special heated cell,
controlled by a Minipa 3305 Power Supply, was designed in order to keep cell`s surface heated. The temperature on
the cell`s surface was acquired through a set of special thermocouples on it. Afterwards, the wall temperature and
the local minima in terms of convective heat transfer coefficient around the tube was determine and compared with
those ones from the open literature. The J-data were found in fair agreement with those previously published.
Moreover, the J-data location was not found in the narrow gap for the smallest W/D studied, but for locations away
the gap (0°). When the gap becomes wider, the lowest local h returned to the narrow gap position. Hot-wire probe
was employed to measure the mean average and the turbulent velocity time traces at the gap vicinity. Coherent
structures were seen to dominate the flow at such region, affecting the J-data locus.


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