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Numerical Analysis of Conjugate Heat Transfer in Foams

N. Bianco[1], R. Capuano[1], W.K.S. Chiu[2], S. Cunsolo[1], V. Naso[1], M. Oliviero[1]
[1]DETEC, Università degli Studi Federico II, Napoli, Italy
[2]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

A conjugate conductive-convective-radiative discrete model useful for the study and the simulation of heat transfer in a ceramic or metallic foam is presented. A Generation-based Technique is used for the foam representation, using the Weaire-Phelan structure and heat transfer is studied using the COMSOL Multiphysics. The computational domain is made up by a single cell and a fictitious inlet region, useful to make negligible the lead effects, is considered. The cell consists of the solid phase and of the fluid. The distribution of the cell surface temperature, velocity and pressure, together with temperature and pressure fields as well as velocity fields in the mid-sections of the cell are presented. Results from these simulations are useful to evaluate heat transfer coefficients to be employed in continuous models of the foam.