Friction factor and Nusselt number in annular flows with smooth and slotted surface

A. Nouri-Borujerdi*, M. E. Nakhchi

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The purpose of this experimental work is to study the effect of slot depth to width ratio, rotational motion and inlet velocity on friction factor and Nusselt number in an annular flow between two concentric cylinders with smooth and slotted surface. The heated outer surface is stationary and the unheated inner one is rotating. This configuration is popular in industrial applications such as internal air system of gas turbine engines, cooling of rotating machinery, techniques of chemical vapor deposition and solidification of pure metals. The results show that the ratio of average slotted surface friction factor to that of the smooth one enhances by increasing the slot depth to width ratio and that is more significant at higher effective Reynolds numbers. Furthermore, ratio of local Nusselt number of the slotted surface to that of the smooth one is nearly equal to 1.2 along 60% of first part of channel length and afterwards increases sharply. The main interest of this work is to present a correlation formula for the local Nusselt number as a function of the effective Reynolds number, the slot aspect ratio and the local axial position.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-653
Number of pages9
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung
Issue number3
Early online date9 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


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