Articles written in Sadhana

    • Experimental and numerical analysis for optimal design parameters of a falling film evaporator


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      Present study exhibits an experimental examination of mass transfer coefficient and evaporative effectiveness of a falling film evaporator. Further, a statistical replica is extended in order to have optimal controlling parameters viz. non-dimensional enthalpy potential, film Reynolds number of cooling water, Reynolds number of air and relative humidity of up-streaming air. The models not only give an optimal solution but also help in establishing a correlation among controlling parameters. In this context, response surface methodology is employed by aid of design of experiment approach. Later, the response surface curves are studied using ANOVA. Finally, the relations established are confirmed experimentally to validate the models. The relations thus established are beneficent in furtherance of designing evaporators. Additionally, the presentstudy is among the first attempts to reveal the effect of humidity on the performance of falling film evaporator.

    • Buoyancy-driven convective heat transfer from a semi-circular cylinder for various confinements


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      Buoyancy-driven convective heat transfer from a semi-circular cylinder for various confinements has been studied using numerical simulations for wide ranges of parameters, Reynolds numbers (1 ≤ Re ≤ 50), Richardson numbers (0 ≤ Ri ≤ 2), Prandtl numbers (0.7 ≤ Pr ≤ 50) and confinement ratios (0.2 ≤ β ≤ 0.8). A hot semi-circular cylinder is symmetrically kept in a 2D rectangular confinement. The circular side of the cylinder faces the upstream flow and the fluid flows against gravity in the channel. The governing equations are numerically solved using FLUENT and the results obtained are presented in the form of isotherms, streamlines, pressure coefficients, drag coefficients, Nusselt numbers, etc. The highest value of pressure coefficient increases with blockage ratio for all cases. The drag coefficient decreases with Re and shows complex phenomena with change in Ri and blockage ratio of the channel. Pressure drag has contributed more as compared with viscous drag in all cases. The curved surface showed more heat transfer than the flat surface of the semi-circular cylinder. The value of β also has great influence at large value of Peclect numbers (= 2500). Overall average heat transfer in terms of average Nusselt number is a function of Ri, Re, Pr and β.

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