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Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop in Forced Flow Helium II at High Reynolds Numbers

Title: Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop in Forced Flow Helium II at High Reynolds Numbers.
Name(s): Fuzier, Sylvie, author
Van Sciver, Steven W., professor directing dissertation
Brooks, James S., outside committee member
Luongo, Cesar A., committee member
Hruda, Simone Peterson, committee member
Department of Mechanical Engineering, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: An experiment has been built to investigate heat transfer in He II forced flow of velocities up to 22 m/s, which is an order of magnitude larger than in previous experiments. Pressure drop, steady-state and transient heat transfer have been studied in three 10 mm ID strait smooth test sections of length around 1 m. The linear pressure drop, which become significant at high velocities, represent an isenthalpic expansion resulting in temperature increases along the flow path (Joule-Thomson effect). These initial temperature gradients due to the flow alone are the basis on which heat transfer from external sources can be added. Steady-state density power up to 16 W/cm2 of channel cross section were applied near the middle of one of the test sections while the temperature measured at several locations upstream and downstream. These measurements have been compared with a steady-state numerical model which doesn't include pressure effects and is commonly used for the modelisation of counterflow heat transfer in forced flow. The agreement is good between the experimental and numerical results for the lowest velocities confirming the appropriateness of this model in that case. The comparison for higher flow velocities (larger than around 3 m/s) shows the need to include pressure effects in the heat transfer for forced flow at intermediate and high velocities. Transient heat pulses of duration between 1 and 20 ms and of power density between 9 and 40 W/cm2 were also applied in one of the test sections. The temperature was measured at several locations downstream as the pulses were carried by the forced flow and their shape transformed by counterflow heat transfer. A transient numerical model including pressure effects was developed and compared with the experimental results. The agreement is very good for the lowest and highest velocities (lower than around 4 m/s and higher than around 12 m/s depending on the heat flux). The agreement is however poor for intermediate velocities. Observations of the areas of disagreement suggest the need to modify the heat flux expression when the combined heat flux due to all mechanisms is near zero.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4371 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: November 8, 2004.
Keywords: Pressure Drop, Cryogenics, Forced Flow, Helium II, Heat Transfer
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Steven W. Van Sciver, Professor Directing Dissertation; James S. Brooks, Outside Committee Member; Cesar A. Luongo, Committee Member; Simone Peterson Hruda, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Engineering
Mechanical engineering
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