Computational fluid dynamics investigation of solar chimney power plant

Fanlong Meng, Andreas Gross, Hermann F. Fasel

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A direct numerical simulation of the three-dimensional unsteady flow in a 1:33 scale model of the the Manzanares solar chimney power plant in zero load condition (negligible pressure drop across turbine) was carried out. Instantaneous flow visualizations for the collector show transverse rolls near the collector inlet and longitudinal rolls about halfway into the collector. Based on earlier linear stability theory investigations for plane two- dimensional channel flow, the observed structures are attributed to a Rayleigh-Bénard- Poisuille instability. The present simulations also indicate separation from the bottom and top wall of the chimney inlet and downstream of the turbine mount. The buoyancy-driven flow in the chimney is fully turbulent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication43rd Fluid Dynamics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624102141
StatePublished - 2013
Event43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2013Jun 27 2013

Publication series

Name43rd Fluid Dynamics Conference


Other43rd AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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