Experimental Analysis of the Impact of Flow Geometries for Laminar and Turbulent Heat Transfer to a Gas with Temperature Dependent Properties

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LeRose, Nicholas Ryan
Graduate Program:
Nuclear Engineering
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
Committee Members:
  • Dr Lawrence Hochreiter, Thesis Advisor
  • Turbulent
  • Heat Transfer
  • Experimental
  • Flow Geometry
  • Laminar
This work represents the second in a series of experiments and analysis for low Reynolds number laminar and transition range gas flows with variable properties. The objective of these experiments and analysis was to examine the flow geometry effects on low flow Reynolds numbers and it compliments the tube experiments by Joshua Kaizer which were completed earlier. This report documents the results of experimental and analytical investigations of laminar, transition, and turbulent flow heat transfer for Nitrogen gas flowing through a rectangular duct with an aspect ratio of 18.5 to one and a hydraulic diameter of 0.51 inches.