A numerical investigation of mixed convection in air in a convergent vertical channel, due to the interaction between a buoyancy flow and a moving plate induced flow, is presented. The plate moves at a constant velocity along the buoyancy force direction and the principal inclined walls of the channel are heated at uniform heat flux. The numerical analysis is carried out by means of the finite volume method, using the commercial code Fluent. The effects of the channel spacing, wall heat flux, moving plate velocity and converging angle are investigated. Heated wall temperature increases at increasing converging angle, except for natural convection in a 10 mm minimum channel gap. The effect of the converging angle on the wall temperatures is less marked at the larger channel spacing. Maximum temperature of the moving plate is attained in the parallel wall channel for a 30 W m−2 wall heat flux, both in the 10 mm and 40 mm channel, whereas for a 220 W m−2 wall heat flux in the 40 mm channel in mixed convection, maximum wall temperatures are exhibited for a 10° angle. Nusselt, Reynolds and Richardson numbers are correlated by a monomial equation for each converging angle and a unique monomial correlation for all investigated angles in the 2.1·10−2 – 5.1·105 Richardson number range is presented.

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