Both low- and high-Reynolds-number versions of the stress-ω model of Wilcox (Turbulence Modeling for CFD, 2nd ed., DCW Industries, Inc.) were used to predict velocity and heat transfer data in a high-heat-flux cylindrical tube for which fluid properties varied strongly with temperature. The results indicate that for accurate heat transfer calculations under the conditions considered in this study, inclusion of low-Reynolds-number viscous corrections to the model are essential. The failure of the high-Reynolds-number model to accurately predict the wall temperature was attributed to an overprediction of the near-wall velocity.

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