Table of Contents
Journal of Thermodynamics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 670129, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/670129
Research Article

Thermohydraulic Performance of a Series of In-Line Noncircular Ducts in a Parallel Plate Channel

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune 412 115, India
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering, Pune 411 033, India

Received 28 May 2014; Revised 12 August 2014; Accepted 20 August 2014; Published 21 September 2014

Academic Editor: Shou-Shing Hsieh

Copyright © 2014 Siddharth D. Mhaske et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Heat transfer and fluid flow characteristics for two-dimensional laminar flow at low Reynolds number for five in-line ducts of various nonconventional cross-sections in a parallel plate channel are studied in this paper. The governing equations were solved using finite-volume method. Commercial CFD software, ANSYS Fluent 14.5, was used to solve this problem. A total of three different nonconventional, noncircular cross-section ducts and their characteristics are compared with those of circular cross-section ducts. Shape-2 ducts offered minimum flow resistance and maximum heat transfer rate most of the time. Shape-3 ducts at Re < 100 and Shape-2 ducts at Re > 100 can be considered to give out the optimum results.