We present numerical results for turbulent heat transfer past a backward-facing-step channel with a porous insert. A non-linear eddy viscosity model was applied to handle turbulence. For a constant Darcy number, the thickness of the porous insert was varied in order to analyze its effects on the flow pattern, particularly the damping of the recirculating bubble past the insert. Further, the reduction of the Nusselt number along the bottom heated surface, when using porous materials inside the channel, was investigated. The numerical technique employed for discretizing the governing equations was the control-volume method. The SIMPLE algorithm was used to correct the pressure field and the classical wall function approach was utilized in order to handle flow calculations near the wall. Comparisons of results simulated with different porous materials were presented.

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