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Title: Enhanced thermo-hydraulic performance in a V-ribbed triangular duct solar air heater: CFD and exergy analysis
Authors: Nidhul K.
Kumar S.
Yadav A.K.
Anish S.
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Energy Vol. 200 , , p. -
Abstract: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and exergy analysis are conducted to investigate the impact of secondary flow produced by V-ribs on the overall performance of a triangular solar air heater (SAH) duct. For a fixed relative rib pitch (Rp = 10) and relative rib height (Rh = 0.05), the effect of rib inclination (α) is studied using CFD technique for varying Reynolds number (5000 ≤ Re ≤ 20000). Based on the CFD simulation results, empirical correlations capable of predicting Nu and f with an absolute variance of 8.7%, and 4.7%, respectively, are developed. Employing these correlations, exergetic performance analysis is carried out. Maximum effectiveness parameter (ε) of 2.01 is obtained for α = 45° at Re = 7500. The exergy analysis reveals that the entropy generated is lower for the ribbed triangular duct compared to the smooth duct with maximum enhancement in exergetic efficiency (ηex) as 23% for α = 45°. The study is extended for the rectangular duct to compare the performance with the ribbed triangular duct SAH (α = 45°). Results show that ribbed triangular duct SAH (α = 45°) is superior over various configurations of the ribbed rectangular duct SAH at higher mass flow rates. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd
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