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Simultaneous Two-Colour Two-Dye Thermometry PLIF And PIV To Determine The Nusselt Number In Steady And Oscillatory Poiseuille-Rayleigh-Bénard Convection

Sina Kashanj, David Nobes

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


In a flow field driven by natural or mixed convection, the measurement of heat transfer and hence the Nusselt number, requires simultaneous measurement of the vertical component of velocity and the vertical temperature gradient. The spatiotemporal nature of the formation of large-scale circulating structures, their interaction with the cross flow and its impact on heat transport, temperature distribution and wall shear stress also can be identified by simultaneous velocimetry and thermometry. An optical measurement system has been developed to apply a high sensetive ((~7 %)⁄℃) two-colour two-dye planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) and particle image velocimetry (PIV) to identify the flow and temperature organization and measure the heat transfer and wall shear stress. The system is to be used to investigate a Poiseuille-Rayleigh-Bénard convection system designed and fabricated to operate in both continuous and oscillatory conditions. The aim is to allow investigation of the influence and effect of large-scale flow structures and thermal plumes on heat and flow transport properties.

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