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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 2005, Issue 2, Pages 168-178

Numerical Simulation of Multiplicity and Stability of Mixed Convection in Rotating Curved Ducts

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
2Center for Space Thermal Science, Shandong University, Jinan, China

Received 25 June 2002

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A numerical study is made on the fully developed bifurcation structure and stability of the mixed convection in rotating curved ducts of square cross-section with the emphasis on the effect of buoyancy force. The rotation can be positive or negative. The fluid can be heated or cooled. The study reveals the rich solution and flow structures and complicated stability features. One symmetric and two symmetric/asymmetric solution branches are found with seventy five limit points and fourteen bifurcation points. The flows on these branches can be symmetric, asymmetric, 2-cell, and up to 14-cell structures. Dynamic responses of the multiple solutions to finite random disturbances are examined by the direct transient computation. It is found that possible physically realizable fully developed flows evolve, as the variation of buoyancy force, from a stable steady multicell state at a large buoyancy force of cooling to the coexistence of three stable steady multicell states, a temporal periodic oscillation state, the coexistence of periodic oscillation and chaotic oscillation, a chaotic temporal oscillation, a subharmonic-bifurcation-driven asymmetric oscillating state, and a stable steady 2-cell state at large buoyancy force of heating.