A numerical study has been made to analyze the effects of anisotropic permeability and thermal diffusivity on natural convection in a heat generating porous medium contained in a vertical cylindrical enclosure with isothermal wall and the top and bottom perfectly insulated surfaces. The results show that the anisotropies influence the flow field and heat transfer rate significantly. The non-dimensional maximum cavity temperature increases with increase in permeability ratio. For aspect ratio greater than or equal to two, the nondimensional maximum cavity temperature increases with an increase in the thermal diffusivity ratio. For aspect ratio equal to unity, there exists a critical value of thermal diffusivity ratio at which the maximum cavity temperature is a minimum. This critical value increases with an increase in the value of anisotropic permeability ratio. Based on a parametric study correlations for maximum cavity temperature and average Nusselt number are presented.
Natural Convection in a Cylindrical Enclosure Filled With Heat Generating Anisotropic Porous Medium
Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received by the Heat Transfer Division December 15, 2000; revision received May 30, 2001. Associate Editor: C. Beckerman.
Dhanasekaran , M. R., Das , S. K., and Venkateshan , S. P. (May 30, 2001). "Natural Convection in a Cylindrical Enclosure Filled With Heat Generating Anisotropic Porous Medium ." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. February 2002; 124(1): 203–207. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1418700
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