Computational results were obtained for turbulent flow and heat transfer in curved tubes, representative of helically coiled heat exchangers. Following a grid refinement study, grid independent predictions from alternative turbulence models (k-omega, SST k-omega and RSM-omega) were compared with DNS results and experimental pressure drop and heat transfer data. Using the SST k-omega and RSM-omega models, pressure drop results were in excellent agreement with literature data and the Ito correlation. For heat transfer, the literature is not comparably complete or accurate, but a satisfactory agreement was obtained in the range of available data. Unsatisfactory results, both for pressure drop and heat transfer, were given by the k-omega model with wall functions. Following the validation study, the RSM-omega model was used to compute friction coefficients and Nusselt numbers in the range Re = 1.4x10^4  8x10^4, Pr = 0.7 - 5.6 and coil curvature = 3x10^-3 - 0.3. Power-law correlations were found unsuitable to fit the Re-, Pr- and curvature- dependence of the Nusselt number, while the use of a properly formulated momentum-heat transfer analogy collapsed all results with high accuracy.

Di Piazza, I., Ciofalo, M. (2010). Numerical prediction of turbulent flow and heat transfer in helically coiled pipes. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THERMAL SCIENCES, 49(4), 653-663.

Numerical prediction of turbulent flow and heat transfer in helically coiled pipes

CIOFALO, Michele
2010-01-01

Abstract

Computational results were obtained for turbulent flow and heat transfer in curved tubes, representative of helically coiled heat exchangers. Following a grid refinement study, grid independent predictions from alternative turbulence models (k-omega, SST k-omega and RSM-omega) were compared with DNS results and experimental pressure drop and heat transfer data. Using the SST k-omega and RSM-omega models, pressure drop results were in excellent agreement with literature data and the Ito correlation. For heat transfer, the literature is not comparably complete or accurate, but a satisfactory agreement was obtained in the range of available data. Unsatisfactory results, both for pressure drop and heat transfer, were given by the k-omega model with wall functions. Following the validation study, the RSM-omega model was used to compute friction coefficients and Nusselt numbers in the range Re = 1.4x10^4  8x10^4, Pr = 0.7 - 5.6 and coil curvature = 3x10^-3 - 0.3. Power-law correlations were found unsuitable to fit the Re-, Pr- and curvature- dependence of the Nusselt number, while the use of a properly formulated momentum-heat transfer analogy collapsed all results with high accuracy.
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Di Piazza, I., Ciofalo, M. (2010). Numerical prediction of turbulent flow and heat transfer in helically coiled pipes. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THERMAL SCIENCES, 49(4), 653-663.
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