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Fourth Edition

Yunus A. Cengel, Afshin J. Ghajar McGraw-Hill, 2011

Chapter 3 STEADY HEAT CONDUCTION

Mehmet Kanoglu

University of Gaziantep

Copyright © 2011 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Permission required for reproduction or display.

Objectives

• Understand the concept of thermal resistance and its limitations, and develop thermal resistance networks for practical heat conduction problems • Solve steady conduction problems that involve multilayer rectangular, cylindrical, or spherical geometries • Develop an intuitive understanding of thermal contact resistance, and circumstances under which it may be significant • Identify applications in which insulation may actually increase heat transfer • Analyze finned surfaces, and assess how efficiently and effectively fins enhance heat transfer • Solve multidimensional practical heat conduction problems using conduction shape factors

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**STEADY HEAT CONDUCTION IN PLANE WALLS
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Heat transfer through the wall of a house can be modeled as steady and one-dimensional. The temperature of the wall in this case depends on one direction only (say the x-direction) and can be expressed as T(x).

for steady operation In steady operation, the rate of heat transfer through the wall is constant. Fourier’s law of heat conduction

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The rate of heat conduction through a plane wall is proportional to the average thermal conductivity, the wall area, and the temperature difference, but is inversely proportional to the wall thickness. Once the rate of heat conduction is available, the temperature T(x) at any location x can be determined by replacing T2 by T, and L by x.

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Under steady conditions, the temperature distribution in a plane wall is a straight line: dT/dx = const.

Thermal Resistance Concept

Conduction resistance of the wall: Thermal resistance of the wall against heat conduction. Thermal resistance of a medium depends on the geometry and the thermal properties of the medium. Analogy between thermal and electrical resistance concepts.

Electrical resistance

**rate of heat transfer electric current thermal resistance electrical resistance temperature difference voltage difference
**

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and thus it does not slow down the heat transfer process. Schematic for convection resistance at a surface. the convection resistance becomes zero and Ts T. This situation is approached in practice at surfaces where boiling and condensation occur. That is.Newton’s law of cooling Convection resistance of the surface: Thermal resistance of the surface against heat convection. the surface offers no resistance to convection. When the convection heat transfer coefficient is very large (h → ). 6 .

Radiation heat transfer coefficient Combined heat transfer coefficient Schematic for convection and radiation resistances at a surface. 7 .Radiation resistance of the surface: Thermal resistance of the surface against radiation.

Thermal Resistance Network The thermal resistance network for heat transfer through a plane wall subjected to convection on both sides. 8 . and the electrical analogy.

9 .Temperature drop U overall heat transfer coefficient Once Q is evaluated. the surface temperature T1 can be determined from The temperature drop across a layer is proportional to its thermal resistance.

Multilayer Plane Walls The thermal resistance network for heat transfer through a two-layer plane wall subjected to convection on both sides. 10 .

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THERMAL CONTACT RESISTANCE Temperature distribution and heat flow lines along two solid plates pressed against each other for the case of perfect and imperfect contact. 12 .

• When two such surfaces are pressed against each other. and this resistance per unit interface area is called the thermal contact resistance. the peaks form good material contact but the valleys form voids filled with air. Thus. Rc. • • A typical experimental setup for the determination of thermal contact resistance 13 . These numerous air gaps of varying sizes act as insulation because of the low thermal conductivity of air. an interface offers some resistance to heat transfer.

Thermal contact resistance is significant and can even dominate the heat transfer for good heat conductors such as metals. but can be disregarded for poor heat conductors such as insulations.hc thermal contact conductance The value of thermal contact resistance depends on: • surface roughness. • temperature and pressure at the interface • type of fluid trapped at the interface. • material properties. 14 .

The thermal contact resistance can be minimized by applying • a thermal grease such as silicon oil • a better conducting gas such as helium or hydrogen • a soft metallic foil such as tin. copper. silver. or aluminum Effect of metallic coatings on thermal contact conductance 15 . nickel.

The thermal contact conductance is highest (and thus the contact resistance is lowest) for soft metals with smooth surfaces at high pressure. 16 .

GENERALIZED THERMAL RESISTANCE NETWORKS Thermal resistance network for two parallel layers. 17 .

. 18 . to assume the temperature to vary in the x-direction only) (2) any plane parallel to the x-axis is adiabatic (i. to assume heat transfer to occur in the x-direction only) Do they give the same result? Thermal resistance network for combined series-parallel arrangement.Two assumptions in solving complex multidimensional heat transfer problems by treating them as onedimensional using the thermal resistance network are (1) any plane wall normal to the x-axis is isothermal (i.e..e.

The temperature of the pipe depends on one direction only (the radial r-direction) and can be expressed as T = T(r). Heat is lost from a hot-water pipe to the air outside in the radial direction. 19 . and thus heat transfer from a long pipe is one-dimensional. The temperature is independent of the azimuthal angle or the axial distance.HEAT CONDUCTION IN CYLINDERS AND SPHERES Heat transfer through the pipe can be modeled as steady and one-dimensional. This situation is approximated in practice in long cylindrical pipes and spherical containers.

A long cylindrical pipe (or spherical shell) with specified inner and outer surface temperatures T1 and T2. Conduction resistance of the cylinder layer 20 .

Conduction resistance of the spherical layer 21 .A spherical shell with specified inner and outer surface temperatures T1 and T2.

for a cylindrical layer for a spherical layer The thermal resistance network for a cylindrical (or spherical) shell subjected to convection from both the inner and the outer sides. 22 .

Multilayered Cylinders and Spheres The thermal resistance network for heat transfer through a three-layered composite cylinder subjected to convection on both sides. 23 .

Once heat transfer rate Q has been calculated. the interface temperature T2 can be determined from any of the following two relations: 24 .

In a a cylindrical pipe or a spherical shell. depending on which effect dominates. the additional insulation increases the conduction resistance of the insulation layer but decreases the convection resistance of the surface because of the increase in the outer surface area for convection.CRITICAL RADIUS OF INSULATION Adding more insulation to a wall or to the attic always decreases heat transfer since the heat transfer area is constant. An insulated cylindrical pipe exposed to convection from the outer surface and the thermal resistance network associated with it. 25 . and adding insulation always increases the thermal resistance of the wall without increasing the convection resistance. The heat transfer from the pipe may increase or decrease.

26 .The critical radius of insulation for a cylindrical body: The critical radius of insulation for a spherical shell: The largest value of the critical radius we are likely to encounter is We can insulate hot-water or steam pipes freely without worrying about the possibility of increasing the heat transfer by insulating the pipes. The variation of heat transfer rate with the outer radius of the insulation r2 when r1 < rcr.

two ways to increase the rate of heat transfer are • To increase the convection heat transfer coefficient h. This may require the installation of a pump or fan. but this approach may or may not be practical.HEAT TRANSFER FROM FINNED SURFACES Newton’s law of cooling: The rate of heat transfer from a surface to the surrounding medium When Ts and T are fixed. or replacing the existing one with a larger one. it may not be adequate. • To increase the surface area As by attaching to the surface extended surfaces called fins made of highly conductive materials such as aluminum. Besides. 27 .

The thin plate fins of a car radiator greatly increase the rate of heat transfer to the air. 28 .

Fin Equation Volume element of a fin at location x having a length of x. cross-sectional area of Ac. and perimeter of p. Differential equation Temperature excess 29 .

The variation of temperature along the fin The steady rate of heat transfer from the entire fin 30 .The general solution of the differential equation Boundary condition at fin base 1 Infinitely Long Fin (Tfin tip = T) Boundary condition at fin tip Boundary conditions at the fin base and the fin tip.

31 . heat transfer from the exposed surfaces of the fin is equal to heat conduction to the fin at the base.Under steady conditions. The rate of heat transfer from the fin could also be determined by considering heat transfer from a differential volume element of the fin and integrating it over the entire surface of the fin: A long circular fin of uniform cross section and the variation of temperature along it.

Boundary condition at fin tip The variation of temperature along the fin Heat transfer from the entire fin 32 . A more realistic assumption is for heat transfer from the fin tip to be negligible since the surface area of the fin tip is usually a negligible fraction of the total fin area. Qfin tip = 0) Fins are not likely to be so long that their temperature approaches the surrounding temperature at the tip.2 Negligible Heat Loss from the Fin Tip (Adiabatic fin tip.

tip = TL) In this case the temperature at the end of the fin (the fin tip) is fixed at a specified temperature TL. 33 .3 Specified Temperature (Tfin. This case could be considered as a generalization of the case of Infinitely Long Fin where the fin tip temperature was fixed at T.

in practice.4 Convection from Fin Tip The fin tips. 34 . are exposed to the surroundings. The condition at the fin tip can be obtained from an energy balance at the fin tip. and thus the proper boundary condition for the fin tip is convection that may also include the effects of radiation. Consider the case of convection only at the tip.

.A practical way of accounting for the heat loss from the fin tip is to replace the fin length L in the relation for the insulated tip case by a corrected length defined as t the thickness of the rectangular fins D the diameter of the cylindrical fins Corrected fin length Lc is defined such that heat transfer from a fin of length Lc with insulated tip is equal to heat transfer from the actual fin of length L with 35 convection at the fin tip.

Fin Efficiency 36 .

Zero thermal resistance or infinite thermal conductivity (Tfin = Tb) 37 .

Efficiency of straight fins of rectangular. triangular. 38 . and parabolic profiles.

39 .Efficiency of annular fins of constant thickness t.

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41 . The efficiency of most fins used in practice is above 90 percent. The fin efficiency decreases with increasing fin length. Why? How to choose fin length? Increasing the length of the fin beyond a certain value cannot be justified unless the added benefits outweigh the added cost. Fin lengths that cause the fin efficiency to drop below 60 percent usually cannot be justified economically.• • • • • Fins with triangular and parabolic profiles contain less material and are more efficient than the ones with rectangular profiles.

42 . Place fins on gas (air) side. The ratio of the perimeter to the crosssectional area of the fin p/Ac should be as high as possible. Use slender pin fins. Use aluminum. copper. iron. Low convection heat transfer coefficient h.Fin Effectiveness The effectivene ss of a fin • • • The thermal conductivity k of the fin should be as high as possible.

Various surface areas associated with a rectangular surface with 43 three fins. .The total rate of heat transfer from a finned surface Overall effectiveness for a finned surface The overall fin effectiveness depends on the fin density (number of fins per unit length) as well as the effectiveness of the individual fins. The overall effectiveness is a better measure of the performance of a finned surface than the effectiveness of the individual fins.

mL = 5 an infinitely long fin mL = 1 offer a good compromise between heat transfer performance and the fin size.Proper Length of a Fin Because of the gradual temperature drop along the fin. 44 . the region near the fin tip makes little or no contribution to heat transfer.

but we wouldn’t be so sure for fins made of thick materials.A common approximation used in the analysis of fins is to assume the fin temperature to vary in one direction only (along the fin length) and the temperature variation along other directions is negligible. Studies have shown that the error involved in one-dimensional fin analysis is negligible (less than about 1 percent) when where is the characteristic thickness of the fin. 45 . This is certainly the case for fins made of thin metal sheets such as the fins on a car radiator. which is taken to be the plate thickness t for rectangular fins and the diameter D for cylindrical ones. Perhaps you are wondering if this one-dimensional approximation is a reasonable one.

• 46 . • The heat transfer performance of heat sinks is usually expressed in terms of their thermal resistances R. A small value of thermal resistance indicates a small temperature drop across the heat sink.• Heat sinks: Specially designed finned surfaces which are commonly used in the cooling of electronic equipment. and thus a high fin efficiency. and involve oneof-a-kind complex geometries.

Conduction shape factors are applicable only when heat transfer between the two surfaces is by conduction. The steady rate of heat transfer between these two surfaces is expressed as S: conduction shape factor k: the thermal conductivity of the medium between the surfaces The conduction shape factor depends on the geometry of the system only. we have considered heat transfer in simple geometries such as large plane walls.or three-dimensional and involve rather complicated geometries for which no simple solutions are available. But many problems encountered in practice are two.HEAT TRANSFER IN COMMON CONFIGURATIONS So far. long cylinders. Relationship between the conduction shape factor and the thermal resistance 47 . This is because heat transfer in such geometries can be approximated as onedimensional. and spheres. An important class of heat transfer problems for which simple solutions are obtained encompasses those involving two surfaces maintained at constant temperatures T1 and T2.

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Once the value of the shape factor is known for a specific geometry. 50 . the total steady heat transfer rate can be determined from the following equation using the specified two constant temperatures of the two surfaces and the thermal conductivity of the medium between them.

Summary • Steady Heat Conduction in Plane Walls Thermal Resistance Concept Thermal Resistance Network Multilayer Plane Walls • Thermal Contact Resistance • Generalized Thermal Resistance Networks • Heat Conduction in Cylinders and Spheres Multilayered Cylinders and Spheres • Critical Radius of Insulation • Heat Transfer from Finned Surfaces Fin Equation Fin Efficiency Fin Effectiveness Proper Length of a Fin • Heat Transfer in Common Configurations 51 .

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