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Finite amplitude convection and heat transfer in inclined porous layer using a thermal non-equilibrium model

type de publication      article dans une revue internationale avec comité de lecture
date de publication 2017
auteur(s) Ouarzazi Mohamed Najib; Hirata Silvia C; Barletta A.; Celli Michele
journal (abréviation) International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (Int J Heat Mass Tran)
volume (numéro) 113
  
pages 399 – 410
résumé Finite amplitude convection in a inclined porous layer heated from below is studied by using local thermal non-equilibrium (LTNE) as mathematical model which takes into account the heat transferred between the solid phase and the fluid phase. Consequently, in addition to Darcy-Rayleigh number Ra and the inclination angle ϕϕ, two further non dimensional numbers are introduced: the inter-phase heat transfer parameter H and the porosity modified conductivity ratio γγ. In a recent paper (Barletta and Rees, 2015), the linear stability analysis of the basic monocellular flow indicated that the inclination angle promotes the appearance of longitudinal rolls as the preferred mode of convection. The current paper focuses on the nonlinear evolution of longitudinal rolls in a supercritical regime of convection. A weakly nonlinear analysis, using a derived amplitude equation, is adopted to determine the nonlinear effects of the parameters Ra,ϕ,HRa,ϕ,H and γγ. The results indicate that in inclined layers (i) the nonlinearity decelerates the mean flow; (ii) the heat transfer, determined by the evaluation of the Nusselt number (Nu) at the layer boundary, corresponds to the one obtained for horizontal layers by scaling Ra with cosϕcosϕ, i.e. Nu=Nu(Racosϕ,H,γ)Nu=Nu(Racosϕ,H,γ); (iii) in accordance with existing laboratory experiments, the slope of Nu is less than 2, where 2 is the value predicted by the local thermal equilibrium model, and the slope represents the derivative of Nu with respect to the distance of the critical parameter from the threshold value for the onset of instability; (iv) increasing values of both H and γγ produce an enhancement of the heat transfer across the layer. Finally, the comparison between the LTNE theoretical predictions and existing experiments conducted with various combinations of solid matrix and fluids suggests a possible alternative way to determine the heat transfer coefficient H.
mots clés Porous medium; Darcy’s law; Nonlinear stability; Inclined layer; Local thermal non-equilibrium
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