The analysis of experimental results on heat transfer by forced convection in diverse ribbed ducts showed that different geometries lead to comparable thermal and fluid-dynamic performances. Moreover, no evident layout has been observed in data, and therefore a statistical clustering analysis is performed to detect the rationale, if any, underlying experimental results. A novel, ad-hoc developed technique is used to disengage the clustering from the data scaling and to account for the measurement uncertainty, consisting of an agglomerative procedure, based on the definition of dynamically-changing bounding boxes, whose size depends on the Nusselt number and the pumping power. Additional informations, such as the the relevance of the diverse geometric parameters and the persistence of similarity among configurations over a range of operating conditions, can be retrieved by means of the developed technique. The described method is applied to a large dataset, obtained during an experimental campaign carried on at ThermALab of Politecnico di Milano, aimed at identifying the Nusselt number and the friction factor for diverse-rib configurations in a large-aspect ratio channel with low-Reynolds flows. The considerations originated from of the results of the clustering analysis suggest the existence of an underlying structure, pointing to a possible unique parameter, termed "generalized blockage", which is possibly able to describe the global effect of the ribs geometry on forced convection.

Insight in thermal and fluid-dynamic properties of ribbed ducts by means of a novel clustering method

Fustinoni D.;Vignati F.;Gramazio P.;Vitali L.;Niro A.
2020

Abstract

The analysis of experimental results on heat transfer by forced convection in diverse ribbed ducts showed that different geometries lead to comparable thermal and fluid-dynamic performances. Moreover, no evident layout has been observed in data, and therefore a statistical clustering analysis is performed to detect the rationale, if any, underlying experimental results. A novel, ad-hoc developed technique is used to disengage the clustering from the data scaling and to account for the measurement uncertainty, consisting of an agglomerative procedure, based on the definition of dynamically-changing bounding boxes, whose size depends on the Nusselt number and the pumping power. Additional informations, such as the the relevance of the diverse geometric parameters and the persistence of similarity among configurations over a range of operating conditions, can be retrieved by means of the developed technique. The described method is applied to a large dataset, obtained during an experimental campaign carried on at ThermALab of Politecnico di Milano, aimed at identifying the Nusselt number and the friction factor for diverse-rib configurations in a large-aspect ratio channel with low-Reynolds flows. The considerations originated from of the results of the clustering analysis suggest the existence of an underlying structure, pointing to a possible unique parameter, termed "generalized blockage", which is possibly able to describe the global effect of the ribs geometry on forced convection.
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