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Numerical simulation of heat transfers in a room in the presence of a thin horizontal heated plate


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Boukhattem, Lahcen, Hamdi, Hassan and Rousse, D. R.. 2013. « Numerical simulation of heat transfers in a room in the presence of a thin horizontal heated plate ». [Conference paper]. Energy Procedia, vol. 42. pp. 549-556.
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In this work, we present a numerical study of heat transfer by natural convection in a two-dimensional closed room, containing air, in the presence of a thin heater plate. The vertical walls are kept adiabatic, while the horizontal ones are isothermal. The equations governing the natural convection in the room are solved using a finite difference technique based on the control volume approach and the SIMPLEC (Semi-Implicit-Method for Pressure-Linked Equations Corrected) algorithm. A non-uniform mesh in both directions, constructed by using a geometric progression, is adopted. The square room contains a thin heated plate located at the room center with an aspect ratio equal to 0.5. The heater plate is positioned horizontally and has a higher temperature than the isothermal walls. The simulation results are obtained in terms of velocity vectors and isotherms for different Rayleigh numbers values ranging from 104 to 106. The symmetric boundary conditions produce a symmetric behaviour of temperature and velocity fields according to the central vertical plan. The increase of Rayleigh number leads to increasing importance of convection heat transfer relative to the conduction heat transfer. The fact is more marked for the regions above the heater plate. It is shown that for high Rayleigh numbers, heat transfer from the heater plate to the isothermal horizontal walls is mainly directed towards the top wall.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
Additional Information: Thématique du numéro : Mediterranean Green Energy Forum 2013: Proceedings of an International Conference MGEF-13
Rousse, Daniel R.
Affiliation: Génie mécanique
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 14:40
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 15:34

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