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Thermophysics and Aeromechanics

2014 year, number 1

Numerical investigation of incompressible fluid flow and heat transfer around a rotating circular cylinder

R. Bouakkaz1, K. Talbi1, Y. Khelil1, F. Salhi2, N. Belghar1, and M. Ouazizi1
1 University Constantine
1, Constantine, Algeria
2 University Mouloud Mammeri Tizi ouzou
Tizi ouzou, Algeria
Keywords: unsteady regime, rotating circular cylinder, rotation rate, Nusselt number, forced convection
Pages: 87–97


The heat transfer and air flow around an unconfined heated rotating circular cylinder is investigated numerically for varying rotation rates (α = 0–6) in the Reynolds number range of 20–200. The numerical calculations are carried out by using a finite volume method based commercial computational fluid dynamics solver FLUENT. The successive changes in the flow pattern are studied as a function of the rotation rate. Suppression of vortex shedding occurs as the rotation rate increases (α > 2). A second kind of instability appears for higher rotation speed where a series of counter-clockwise vortices is shed in the upper shear layer. The rotation attenuates the secondary instability and increases the critical Reynolds number for the appearance of this instability. Besides, time-averaged (lift and drag coefficients and Nusselt number) results are obtained and compared with the literature data. A good agreement has been obtained for both the local and averaged values.
DOI: 10.1134/S0869864314010089