Turbulent natural convection in enclosure is a paradigmatic case for wide class of processes of great interest for industrial and environmental problems.The solid-fluid thermal interaction, the anisotropy of the turbulence intensity in the flow field along with the transient nature of heat transfer processes, pose challenges regarding the numerical modeling. The case of a square cavity with differently heated vertical walls and two horizontal conductive plates is studied at Ra = 1.58 × 109. The study is carried out numerically, using large-eddy simulation together with a dynamic Lagrangian turbulence model and a conjugate heat transfer method to take into account heat transfer at the solid surfaces. First, validation is carried out against the literature experimental and numerical data. The results of validation tests evidence the limitations of using the adiabatic conditions as a model for reproducing an insulator. In fact, the adiabatic condition represents the asymptotic behavior which is often difficult to reach in real conditions. Successively, the model is used to investigate the effect on the flow field of different materials composing the horizontal walls. Initial conditions representative of physical experiment are used. In order to reduce the computational time required for a simulation with insulating materials at the walls, a four-step temperature advancement strategy is proposed, based on the artificial reduction-first and recover-later of the specific heat coefficient Cp of the materials at different stages of the simulation. The conductivity of the solid media is found to influence the flow configuration since heat transfer at the solid walls substantially modifies the turbulent field and makes the flow field less homogeneous along the horizontal direction.

Large eddy simulation of turbulent buoyant flow in a confined cavity with conjugate heat transfer

CINTOLESI, CARLO;ARMENIO, VINCENZO
2015

Abstract

Turbulent natural convection in enclosure is a paradigmatic case for wide class of processes of great interest for industrial and environmental problems.The solid-fluid thermal interaction, the anisotropy of the turbulence intensity in the flow field along with the transient nature of heat transfer processes, pose challenges regarding the numerical modeling. The case of a square cavity with differently heated vertical walls and two horizontal conductive plates is studied at Ra = 1.58 × 109. The study is carried out numerically, using large-eddy simulation together with a dynamic Lagrangian turbulence model and a conjugate heat transfer method to take into account heat transfer at the solid surfaces. First, validation is carried out against the literature experimental and numerical data. The results of validation tests evidence the limitations of using the adiabatic conditions as a model for reproducing an insulator. In fact, the adiabatic condition represents the asymptotic behavior which is often difficult to reach in real conditions. Successively, the model is used to investigate the effect on the flow field of different materials composing the horizontal walls. Initial conditions representative of physical experiment are used. In order to reduce the computational time required for a simulation with insulating materials at the walls, a four-step temperature advancement strategy is proposed, based on the artificial reduction-first and recover-later of the specific heat coefficient Cp of the materials at different stages of the simulation. The conductivity of the solid media is found to influence the flow configuration since heat transfer at the solid walls substantially modifies the turbulent field and makes the flow field less homogeneous along the horizontal direction.
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