An approximate estimation of velocity profiles and turbulence factor models for air-flows along the exterior of TEFC induction motors

Dardan O. Klimenta*, Antti Hannukainen

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Abstract

Compared to a number of other existing correlations for heat transfer, the empirical correlations for forced convection from a short horizontal cylinder in axial air-flows usually do not involve the effects of changes in air-flow velocity and/or air-flow turbulence. Therefore, a common analysis of the heat transfer by using only one energy balance equation for entire outer surface of a solid is considered insufficient for induction motor applications because it fails to include aforementioned effects. This paper presents a novel, empirically-based methodology to estimate approximately the values of air-flow velocities and turbulence factors, that is, velocity profiles and turbulence factor models for stationary horizontal cylinders with and without fins (frame and two end-shields) in axial air-flows. These velocity profiles and turbulence factor models can then be used in analytical modelling of steady-state heat transfer from the exterior of totally enclosed fan-cooled induction motors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1515-1527
Number of pages13
JournalThermal Science
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Air-flow velocity profile
  • Empirical correlation
  • Steady-state heat transfer
  • TEFC induction motor
  • Turbulence factor model

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