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DOI: 10.1615/ICHMT.2008.CHT.890
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Florence Michel
Daimler AG, Department EP/SAE, Sindelfingen, Germany

Heinrich Reister
Daimler AG, Department EP/SAE, Sindelfingen, Germany

Bernard Desmet
Laboratoire de Mécanique et Energétique, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis, France


Electronic devices in passenger cars are often located in sealed compartment, where a free convective air flow develops depending on wall temperatures. To determine the transient temperature of electronics, the convective heat transfer is computed with a CFD code and transferred to a FEM code. The accuracy of a steady-state approach for the prediction of the convective heat transfer in case of natural convection is investigated in this paper. In a first part is shown that the numerical model proposed here is able to reproduce the structure of the flow resulting from instabilities introduced with appropriate initializations. In a second part, the heat transfer is evaluated in a cubical cavity for Rayleigh numbers in the range 104−107. With adapted meshes, the Nusselt number is predicted within 4% for a horizontal cavity and within 2% for a 45° inclined cavity in comparison with numerical and experimental results from the literature.

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