A Computational Mesh Sensitivity Study for Forced Convective Heat Transfer to Water at Supercritical Conditions in Tubes
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference - 2013 June 11

Presented at:
37th Annual CNS-CNA Student Conference
2013 June 11
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Student Conference Session

Darryl McClure (McMaster University)
Alex Rashkovan (McMaster University)


A computational mesh sensitivity study for turbulent flow and heat transfer of supercritical water in a straight heated pipe was performed using the CFD software STAR-CCM+ 6.06.017. Computed results were validated against experimental results of Yamagata et al, 1972. The study was done using the SST k-_ turbulence model due to its previous success in predicting wall temperatures in flows of this type [Visser et al, 2008, Zhu, 2010]. This study presents recommendations for the meshing of the near wall region, specifically, near wall node placement, axial refinement and radial growth ratio (RGR) are discussed. An appropriate mesh was chosen to have a y+ < 0.3, a RGR = 1.19 and an axial refinement of 7.2x10-4m.

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