Heated Sphere in a Channel

palabos thermal iconThe unsteady transient flow around a sphere placed in a rectangular channel is presented. The Reynolds number is equal to 420. Thermal convection is also simulated, since the sphere has a constant temperature which is higher than that of the surrounding fluid. The Prandtl number is 1.2 This problem may seem simple, but it is quite difficult, since at this Reynolds number a complex flow pattern is formed downstream the sphere, as shows in the animations that follow.

 

First let's have a side-view which includes the sphere. Both velocity magnitude and temperature are displayed:

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Next, a view just downstream the sphere is presented. Here one can clearly see the boundary layer that forms on the channel walls. Velocity magnitude and temperature are diplayed:

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