Theoretical and experimental study of natural convection with surface thermal radiation in a side open cavity

M. Montiel-González, J. F. Hinojosa, H. I. Villafán-Vidales, A. Bautista-Orozco, C. A. Estrada

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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. In this work a theoretical and experimental study of heat transfer by natural convection and thermal radiation on a solar open cubic cavity-type receiver is presented. The theoretical study consists on solving the laminar natural convection and the surface thermal radiation on a square open cavity at one end. The overall continuity, momentum, and energy equations in primitive variables are solved numerically by using the finite-volume method and the SIMPLEC algorithm. The thermophysical properties of the fluid are considered, for the first case, as temperature dependent in all the governing equations, and for the second case, constant, except for the density at the buoyancy term (Boussinesq approximation), with the purpose of comparing the results of both theoretical models with experimentally obtained results. Numerical calculations are conducted for Rayleigh number (Ra) values in the range of 104-106. The temperature difference between the hot wall and the bulk fluid (ΔT) is varied between 10 and 400 K, and is represented as a dimensionless temperature difference (φ) for the purpose of generalization of the trends observed. Experimental results include air temperature measurements inside the receiver. These results are compared with theoretically obtained air temperatures, and the average deviation between both results is around 3.0%, when using the model with variable thermophysical properties, and is around 5.4% when using the Boussinesq approximation.
Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Número de páginas11
EstadoPublicada - 22 ene 2015
EventoApplied Thermal Engineering -
Duración: 22 ene 2015 → …


ConferenciaApplied Thermal Engineering
Período22/01/15 → …


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