Journal article

Evolution of a wall-attached buoyant plume in confined boxes: Direct numerical simulations, entrainment coefficient and an integral model

Nitheesh George, Andrew Ooi, Jimmy Philip

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND FLUID FLOW | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

The evolution of a wall-attached plume in a confined box is studied here with the aid of three dimensional direct numerical simulations (DNS). The plume originates from a local line heat source of length, L, placed at the bottom left corner of the box. The Reynolds number of the wall plume, based on box height and buoyant velocity scale, is ReH=14530 and boxes of two different aspect ratios (ratio of box width to height) for a particular value of L are simulated. We observe that the plume develops along the vertical sidewall while remaining attached to it before spreading across the top wall to form a buoyant fluid layer and eventually moving downwards and filling the whole box. The original..

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