Heat Transfer in FullyDeveloped Internal Turbulent Flow
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Heat transfer in fullydeveloped turbulent flow in a circular tube subject to constant heat flux (q''_{w} = const) will be considered in this subsection (Oosthuizen and Naylor, 1999). When the turbulent flow in the tube is fully developed, we have and the energy eq. (5.268) becomes

After the turbulent flow is hydrodynamically and thermally fully developed, the timeaveraged temperature profile is no longer a function of axial distance from the inlet, i.e.,

where is the timeaveraged temperature at the centerline of the tube, and Tw is the wall temperature. Thus, is a function of r only, i.e.,

where f is independent from x. Differentiating (5.295) yields

At the wall, the contribution of eddy diffusivity on the heat transfer is negligible, and the heat flux at the wall becomes

Substituting eq. (5.296) into eq. (5.298), one obtains:

Since the heat flux is constant, q''_{w} = const, it follows that , i.e.,

Therefore, eq. (5.297) becomes:

For fully developed flow, the local heat transfer coefficient is:

where is the timeaveraged mean temperature defined as:

Since q''_{w} = const, it follows from eq. (5.302) that , i.e.,

Combining eqs. (5.300), (5.301) and (5.304), the following relationships are obtained:

The timeaveraged mean temperature, , changes with x as the result of heat transfer from the tube wall. By following the same procedure as that in Example 5.2, the rate of mean temperature change can be obtained as follows:

Substituting eq. (5.305) into eq. (5.294), the energy equation becomes:

where y = r_{0} − r is the distance measured from the tube wall. Equation (5.307) is subject to the following two boundary conditions:
(axisymmetric condition) 

Integrating eq. (5.307) in the interval of (r0, r) and considering eq. (5.308), we have:

which can be rearranged to

where

Integrating eq. (5.311) in the interval of (0, y) and considering eq. (5.309), one obtains:

If the profiles of axial velocity and the thermal eddy diffusivity are known, eq. (5.313) can be used to obtain the correlation for internal forced convection heat transfer. With the exception of the very thin viscous sublayer, the velocity profile in the most part of the tube is fairly flat. Therefore, it is assumed that the timeaveraged velocity, , in eq. (5.312) can be replaced by , and I(y) becomes:

Substituting eqs. (5.314) and (5.306) into eq. (5.313) yields:

which can be rewritten in terms of wall coordinate

where y+ is defined in eq. (5.277). To consider heat transfer in an internal turbulent flow, the entire turbulent boundary layer is divided into three regions: (1) inner region (y^{ + } < 5), (2) buffer region (), and (3) outer region (y^{ + } > 30). In the inner region and eq. (5.316) becomes

Since the inner region is very thin, and 1 − y / r_{0} is effectively equal to 1. Therefore, the temperature profile in the inner region becomes:

The temperature at the boundary between the inner and buffer regions (y^{ + } = 5), , can be obtained from eq. (5.318) as

In the buffer region where , the eddy diffusivity in the buffer region is:

Substituting eq. (5.320) into eq. (5.316) and assuming the turbulent Prandtl number , the following expression is obtained:

Since the buffer region is also very thin, 1 − y / r_{0} in eq. (5.321) is effectively equal to 1. Defining and Integrating eq. (5.321) yields

i.e.,

The temperature at the top of the buffer region where y^{ + } = 30, , becomes

For the outer region where , eq. (5.316) becomes

where the turbulent Prandtl number is assumed to be equal to 1. It is assumed that the Nikuradse equation (5.276) is valid in the outer region and the velocity gradient in this region becomes:

The expression of apparent shear stress in this region, eq. (5.280) , can be nondimensionalized using eqs. (5.277) and (5.278) as:

Substituting eqs. (5.275) and (5.326) into eq. (5.327), the eddy diffusivity in the outer region is obtained as:

Substituting eq. (5.328) into eq. (5.325), the temperature distribution in this region becomes:

which is valid from y^{ + } = 30 to the center of the tube where y_{c} = r_{0} or

The temperature at the center of the tube, , can be obtained by letting
in eq. (5.329), i.e.

The overall temperature change from the wall to the center of the tube can be obtained by adding eqs. (5.319), (5.324) and (5.331):

It follows from the definition of friction factor, eq. (5.282), that

Substituting eq. (5.333) into eq. (5.332) and considering the definition of Reynolds number, , eq. (5.332) becomes:
(5.334) In order to obtain the heat transfer coefficient, , the temperature difference must be obtained. If the velocity profile can be approximated by eq. (5.287), and the temperature and velocity can also be approximated by the oneseventh law, i.e.,

it follows that

Substituting eq. (5.334) into eq. (5.336) results in:

which can be rearranged to the following empirical correlation

which can be used together with appropriate friction coefficient discussed in the previous subsection to obtain the Nusselt number.