In this study, we report on large eddy simulation (LES) of convectively dominated heat transfer in a corrugated heat exchanger channel using the computational fluid dynamics toolbox, OpenFOAM. A chevron pattern domain with 63 contact points is used to represent the conditions in a real plate heat exchanger (PHE). The unsteady nature of the flow is elucidated using visualization techniques based on volume rendering of temperature and iso surfaces of vorticity defined using the λ2-criterion and contours of wall shear stress and wall heat flux to illustrate the heat transfer process. Global surface averaged temperature and pressure drop are extracted from the LES on successively finer grids, approaching direct numerical simulation resolution, to increase the understanding of grid resolution requirements for LES in PHEs. Industry standard Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes simulations are compared to the LES results along selected profiles to demonstrate similarities and differences between the two techniques. The differences detected are further investigated using anisotropy invariant mapping, energy spectra, and turbulence length scale distributions. Significant differences between the model classes are detected and detailed. Moreover, the LES resolution requirements for the flow and the heat transfer processes are found to be different with the latter being more severe.
|Tidskrift||Physics of Fluids|
|Status||Published - 2022 maj 1|