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    • Convective transport around two rotating tandem circular cylinders at low Reynolds numbers

      DIPANKAR CHATTERJEE N V V KRISHNA CHAITANYA

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      The convective transport around two rotating circular cylinders kept in a tandem configuration to an unconfined flow of an incompressible fluid (Prandtl number, Pr = 0.717) is investigated through two-dimensional numerical simulation. The flow Reynolds number is considered constant at Re = 100. Four different gapspacings between the tandem cylinders such as 0.2, 0.7, 1.5 and 3.0 are chosen for simulation. The cylinders are rotating about their centroidal axes for a range of dimensionless speed (0<=W<=2.75). The rotation to the objects causes the unsteady periodic flow around them to become stabilized and at some critical rotational speed, the vortex shedding stops completely resulting in a steady flow pattern. The critical speed of rotation at which the vortex shedding completely stops is a function of the cylinder spacing. Overall, it is observed that increasing the gap increases the critical rotation rate. The thermal fields are also strongly stabilized as a result of the cylinder rotation. The rotating cylinders actually create a zone in their proximity which acts like a buffer to the convective transport. The conduction mode of heat transfer predominates in these regions causing the heat transfer rate to assume a decaying pattern with increasing the rotational speed at all cylinder spacings.

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