TY - EJOU
AU - Khatra, Laila
AU - Qarnia, Hamid El
AU - Ganaoui, Mohammed El
TI - The Effect of the Fin Length on the Solidification Process in a Rectangular Enclosure with Internal Fins
T2 - Fluid Dynamics \& Materials Processing
PY - 2019
VL - 15
IS - 2
SN - 1555-2578
AB - The aim of the proposed work is to study the solidification process within a rectangular enclosure provided with three internal rectangular fins attached to the left vertical wall of the cavity. This latest is filled with a phase change material (PCM), initially liquid, at a temperature above its melting temperature. The solidification process was initiated by cooling the left wall and fins to a temperature lower than the melting temperature. In order to study and examine the thermal behavior and thermal performance of the proposed system, a mathematical model, based on the conservation equations of mass, momentum and energy was developed. The governing equations and their associated boundary and initial conditions were next adimensionalyzed. Therefore, several controlling parameters were appeared. The volume control method was used to discretize the equations. The resulting algebraic equations were solved iteratively. Numerical investigations were carried out to study and examine the effect of the dimensionless fin length on the hydrodynamic and thermal fields of the flow, the dimensionless heat flux, the solidified mass fraction and the dimensionless time of complete solidification.
KW - Phase change material
KW - solidification
KW - enthalpy method
KW - fins
KW - rectangular enclosure
DO - 10.32604/fdmp.2019.04713