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Oscillatory flow and temperature fields in an open tube with temperature difference across the ends

Ashwin, TR and Narasimham, GSVL and Jacob, Subhash (2011) Oscillatory flow and temperature fields in an open tube with temperature difference across the ends. In: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 54 (15-16). pp. 3357-3368.

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The oscillating flow and temperature field in an open tube subjected to cryogenic temperature at the cold end and ambient temperature at the hot end is studied numerically. The flow is driven by a time-wise sinusoidally varying pressure at the cold end. The conjugate problem takes into account the interaction of oscillatory flow with the heat conduction in the tube wall. The full set of compressible flow equations with axisymmetry assumption are solved with a pressure correction algorithm. Parametric studies are conducted with frequencies of 5-15 Hz, with one end maintained at 100 K and other end at 300 K. The flow and temperature distributions and the cooldown characteristics are obtained. The frequency and pressure amplitude have negligible effect on the time averaged Nusselt number. Pressure amplitude is an important factor determining the enthalpy flow through the solid wall. The frequency of operation has considerable effect on penetration of temperature into the tube. The density variation has strong influence on property profiles during cooldown. The present study is expected to be of interest in applications such as pulse tube refrigerators and other cryocoolers, where oscillatory flows occur in open tubes. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Pulsating flow;Pulse tube;Heat transfer;Laminar;Circular tube;Conjugate convection
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 09:16
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2011 09:16
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39100

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