Present study investigates the effects of solid to fluid conductivity ratio, Prandtl and Reynolds numbers, and solid wall thickness on conjugate heat transfer for a backward facing step duct with a conductive solid bottom wall. Although Kanna and Das performed a case study in 2006 for the same problem, the benchmark studies conducted later including the present one revealed that their results are arguable. Ramsak states in a study “Professor Kanna has confirmed in personal communication that their results are probably wrong”. The temperature and Nusselt number variations along the solid-fluid interface presented here are in excellent agreement with those obtained by Ramsak. The analyses presented here reveal that even though the decrease in Pr and the increase in solid to fluid conductivity ratio have similar global influence with the thinning wall on the interface temperature, the influence of the former parameters are limited in recirculation zone.
Conjugate heat transfer, OpenFoam; Backward facing step duct; Finite volume method