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Analytical properties of Graetz modes in parallel and concentric configurations

Abstract : The generalized Graetz problem refers to stationary convection–diffusion in uni-directional flows. In this contribution we demonstrate the analyt- icity of generalized Graetz solutions associated with layered domains: either cylindrical (possibly concen- tric) or parallel. Such configurations are considered as prototypes for heat exchangers devices and appear in numerous applications involving heat or mass transfer. The established framework of Graetz modes allows to recast the 3D resolution of the heat transfer into a 2D or even 1D spectral problem. The associated eigen- functions (called Graetz modes) are obtained with the help of a sequence of closure functions that are recursively computed. The spectrum is given by the zeros of an explicit analytical series, the truncation of which allows to approximate the eigenvalues by solving a polynomial equation. Graetz mode compu- tation is henceforth made explicit and can be per- formed using standard software of formal calculus. It permits a direct and mesh-less computation of the resulting solutions for a broad range of configurations. Some solutions are illustrated to showcase the interest of mesh-less analytical derivation of the Graetz solutions, useful to validate other numerical approaches.
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Charles Pierre, Franck Plouraboué. Analytical properties of Graetz modes in parallel and concentric configurations. Meccanica, Springer Verlag, 2020, 55, pp.1545-1559. ⟨10.1007/s11012-020-01192-4⟩. ⟨hal-02943171⟩

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