Indexed on: 28 Nov '07Published on: 28 Nov '07Published in: Meccanica
The unsteady two-dimensional transient heat transfer problem referring to a fully laminar flow developing in a parallel-plane channel exposed to a periodic variation surface temperature with distance is numerically studied. The effects of channel thickness, Péclet number, wall-to-fluid conductivity ratio, thermal diffusivity ratio, angular frequency and the viscous dissipation parameter are determined in the solutions. The non-linear equations are discretized by means an implicit finite difference scheme and the electric analogy to the resulting system is applied to convert these equations into a network-electrical model that was solved using a computer code (electric circuits simulator). In this scheme, only spatial discretization is necessary, while time remains as a real continuous variable, and its programming does not require manipulation of the sophisticated mathematical software that is inherent in other numerical methods. The network simulation method, which satisfies the conservation law for the heat flux variable and the uniqueness law for temperature, also permits the direct visualization of the local and/or integrated transport variables at any point or section of the medium.