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Unformatted text preview: cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 459 CHAPTER N AT U R A L C O N V E C T I O N
n Chapters 7 and 8, we considered heat transfer by forced convection,
where a fluid was forced to move over a surface or in a tube by external
means such as a pump or a fan. In this chapter, we consider natural convection, where any fluid motion occurs by natural means such as buoyancy.
The fluid motion in forced convection is quite noticeable, since a fan or a
pump can transfer enough momentum to the fluid to move it in a certain direction. The fluid motion in natural convection, however, is often not noticeable because of the low velocities involved.
The convection heat transfer coefficient is a strong function of velocity: the
higher the velocity, the higher the convection heat transfer coefficient. The
fluid velocities associated with natural convection are low, typically less than
1 m/s. Therefore, the heat transfer coefficients encountered in natural convection are usually much lower than those encountered in forced convection. Yet
several types of heat transfer equipment are designed to operate under natural
convection conditions instead of forced convection, because natural convection does not require the use of a fluid mover.
We start this chapter with a discussion of the physical mechanism of natural
convection and the Grashof number. We then present the correlations to evaluate heat transfer by natural convection for various geometries, including
finned surfaces and enclosures. Finally, we discuss simultaneous forced and
natural convection. I 9
CONTENTS
9–1
Physical Mechanism of Natural
Convection 460
9–2
Equation of Motion and the
Grashof Number 463
9–3
Natural Convection over
Surfaces 466
9–4
Natural Convection from Finned
Surfaces and PCBs 473
9–5
Natural Convection inside
Enclosures 477
9–6
Combined Natural and Forced
Convection 486
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HEAT TRANSFER 9–1 Warm
air Cool
air Heat
HOT transfer
EGG FIGURE 9–1
The cooling of a boiled egg in a cooler
environment by natural convection. Warm
air Heat
transfer
COLD
SODA Cool
air FIGURE 9–2
The warming up of a cold drink
in a warmer environment by
natural convection. I PHYSICAL MECHANISM OF NATURAL
CONVECTION Many familiar heat transfer applications involve natural convection as the primary mechanism of heat transfer. Some examples are cooling of electronic
equipment such as power transistors, TVs, and VCRs; heat transfer from electric baseboard heaters or steam radiators; heat transfer from the refrigeration
coils and power transmission lines; and heat transfer from the bodies of animals and human beings. Natural convection in gases is usually accompanied
by radiation of comparable magnitude except for lowemissivity surfaces.
We know that a hot boiled egg (or a hot baked potato) on a plate eventually
cools to the surrounding air temperature (Fig. 9–1). The egg is cooled by
transferring heat by convection to the air and by radiation to the surrounding
surfaces. Disregarding heat transfer by radiation, the physical mechanism of
cooling a hot egg (or any hot object) in a cooler environment can be explained
as follows:
As soon as the hot egg is exposed to cooler air, the temperature of the outer
surface of the egg shell will drop somewhat, and the temperature of the air adjacent to the shell will rise as a result of heat conduction from the shell to the
air. Consequently, the egg will soon be surrounded by a thin layer of warmer
air, and heat will then be transferred from this warmer layer to the outer layers of air. The cooling process in this case would be rather slow since the egg
would always be blanketed by warm air, and it would have no direct contact
with the cooler air farther away. We may not notice any air motion in the
vicinity of the egg, but careful measurements indicate otherwise.
The temperature of the air adjacent to the egg is higher, and thus its density
is lower, since at constant pressure the density of a gas is inversely proportional to its temperature. Thus, we have a situation in which some lowdensity
or “light” gas is surrounded by a highdensity or “heavy” gas, and the natural
laws dictate that the light gas rise. This is no different than the oil in a vinegarandoil salad dressing rising to the top (since oil
vinegar). This phenomenon is characterized incorrectly by the phrase “heat rises,” which is
understood to mean heated air rises. The space vacated by the warmer air in
the vicinity of the egg is replaced by the cooler air nearby, and the presence of
cooler air in the vicinity of the egg speeds up the cooling process. The rise
of warmer air and the flow of cooler air into its place continues until the egg
is cooled to the temperature of the surrounding air. The motion that results
from the continual replacement of the heated air in the vicinity of the egg by
the cooler air nearby is called a natural convection current, and the heat
transfer that is enhanced as a result of this natural convection current is called
natural convection heat transfer. Note that in the absence of natural convection currents, heat transfer from the egg to the air surrounding it would be
by conduction only, and the rate of heat transfer from the egg would be much
lower.
Natural convection is just as effective in the heating of cold surfaces in a
warmer environment as it is in the cooling of hot surfaces in a cooler environment, as shown in Figure 9–2. Note that the direction of fluid motion is
reversed in this case.
In a gravitational field, there is a net force that pushes upward a light fluid
placed in a heavier fluid. The upward force exerted by a fluid on a body cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 461 461
CHAPTER 9 completely or partially immersed in it is called the buoyancy force. The magnitude of the buoyancy force is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by
the body. That is,
Fbuoyancy fluid gVbody (91) where fluid is the average density of the fluid (not the body), g is the gravitational acceleration, and Vbody is the volume of the portion of the body immersed in the fluid (for bodies completely immersed in the fluid, it is the total
volume of the body). In the absence of other forces, the net vertical force
acting on a body is the difference between the weight of the body and the
buoyancy force. That is,
Fnet W Fbuoyancy
gVbody
body
fluid gVbody
( body
fluid) gVbody (92) Note that this force is proportional to the difference in the densities of the fluid
and the body immersed in it. Thus, a body immersed in a fluid will experience
a “weight loss” in an amount equal to the weight of the fluid it displaces. This
is known as Archimedes’ principle.
To have a better understanding of the buoyancy effect, consider an egg
dropped into water. If the average density of the egg is greater than the density
of water (a sign of freshness), the egg will settle at the bottom of the container.
Otherwise, it will rise to the top. When the density of the egg equals the
density of water, the egg will settle somewhere in the water while remaining
completely immersed, acting like a “weightless object” in space. This occurs
when the upward buoyancy force acting on the egg equals the weight of the
egg, which acts downward.
The buoyancy effect has farreaching implications in life. For one thing,
without buoyancy, heat transfer between a hot (or cold) surface and the fluid
surrounding it would be by conduction instead of by natural convection. The
natural convection currents encountered in the oceans, lakes, and the atmosphere owe their existence to buoyancy. Also, light boats as well as heavy warships made of steel float on water because of buoyancy (Fig. 9–3). Ships are
designed on the basis of the principle that the entire weight of a ship and its
contents is equal to the weight of the water that the submerged volume of the
ship can contain. The “chimney effect” that induces the upward flow of hot
combustion gases through a chimney is also due to the buoyancy effect, and
the upward force acting on the gases in the chimney is proportional to the difference between the densities of the hot gases in the chimney and the cooler
air outside. Note that there is no gravity in space, and thus there can be no natural convection heat transfer in a spacecraft, even if the spacecraft is filled
with atmospheric air.
In heat transfer studies, the primary variable is temperature, and it is desirable to express the net buoyancy force (Eq. 92) in terms of temperature differences. But this requires expressing the density difference in terms of a
temperature difference, which requires a knowledge of a property that represents the variation of the density of a fluid with temperature at constant pressure. The property that provides that information is the volume expansion
coefficient , defined as (Fig. 9–4) W
Vsubmerged
Fbuoyancy FIGURE 9–3
It is the buoyancy force that
keeps the ships afloat in water
(W Fbuoyancy for floating objects). ∂v
( ––– )
∂T
20°C
100 kPa
1 kg P 21°C
100 kPa
1 kg (a) A substance with a large β
∂v
–––
∂T P () 20°C
100 kPa
1 kg 21°C
100 kPa
1 kg (b) A substance with a small β FIGURE 9–4
The coefficient of volume expansion
is a measure of the change in volume
of a substance with temperature
at constant pressure. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 462 462
HEAT TRANSFER 1 1
T T P (1/K) (93) P In natural convection studies, the condition of the fluid sufficiently far from
the hot or cold surface is indicated by the subscript “infinity” to serve as a reminder that this is the value at a distance where the presence of the surface is
not felt. In such cases, the volume expansion coefficient can be expressed approximately by replacing differential quantities by differences as
1 1 T T T (at constant P) (94) or
(T T) (at constant P) (95) where is the density and T is the temperature of the quiescent fluid away
from the surface.
We can show easily that the volume expansion coefficient of an ideal gas
(P
RT) at a temperature T is equivalent to the inverse of the temperature:
ideal gas 1
T (1/K) (96) where T is the absolute temperature. Note that a large value of for a fluid
means a large change in density with temperature, and that the product
T
represents the fraction of volume change of a fluid that corresponds to a temperature change T at constant pressure. Also note that the buoyancy force is
proportional to the density difference, which is proportional to the temperature
difference at constant pressure. Therefore, the larger the temperature difference between the fluid adjacent to a hot (or cold) surface and the fluid away
from it, the larger the buoyancy force and the stronger the natural convection
currents, and thus the higher the heat transfer rate.
The magnitude of the natural convection heat transfer between a surface and
a fluid is directly related to the flow rate of the fluid. The higher the flow rate,
the higher the heat transfer rate. In fact, it is the very high flow rates that increase the heat transfer coefficient by orders of magnitude when forced convection is used. In natural convection, no blowers are used, and therefore the
flow rate cannot be controlled externally. The flow rate in this case is established by the dynamic balance of buoyancy and friction.
As we have discussed earlier, the buoyancy force is caused by the density difference between the heated (or cooled) fluid adjacent to the surface and the
fluid surrounding it, and is proportional to this density difference and the volume occupied by the warmer fluid. It is also well known that whenever two
bodies in contact (solid–solid, solid–fluid, or fluid–fluid) move relative to each
other, a friction force develops at the contact surface in the direction opposite to
that of the motion. This opposing force slows down the fluid and thus reduces
the flow rate of the fluid. Under steady conditions, the air flow rate driven by
buoyancy is established at the point where these two effects balance each other.
The friction force increases as more and more solid surfaces are introduced, seriously disrupting the fluid flow and heat transfer. For that reason, heat sinks
with closely spaced fins are not suitable for natural convection cooling.
Most heat transfer correlations in natural convection are based on experimental measurements. The instrument often used in natural convection cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 463 463
CHAPTER 9 experiments is the Mach–Zehnder interferometer, which gives a plot
of isotherms in the fluid in the vicinity of a surface. The operation principle of
interferometers is based on the fact that at low pressure, the lines of constant
temperature for a gas correspond to the lines of constant density, and that the
index of refraction of a gas is a function of its density. Therefore, the degree
of refraction of light at some point in a gas is a measure of the temperature gradient at that point. An interferometer produces a map of interference
fringes, which can be interpreted as lines of constant temperature as shown
in Figure 9–5. The smooth and parallel lines in (a) indicate that the flow is
laminar, whereas the eddies and irregularities in (b) indicate that the flow is
turbulent. Note that the lines are closest near the surface, indicating a higher
temperature gradient. 9–2 I EQUATION OF MOTION AND THE GRASHOF
NUMBER In this section we derive the equation of motion that governs the natural convection flow in laminar boundary layer. The conservation of mass and energy
equations derived in Chapter 6 for forced convection are also applicable for
natural convection, but the momentum equation needs to be modified to incorporate buoyancy.
Consider a vertical hot flat plate immersed in a quiescent fluid body. We assume the natural convection flow to be steady, laminar, and twodimensional,
and the fluid to be Newtonian with constant properties, including density, with
is to be considered since it is this
one exception: the density difference
density difference between the inside and the outside of the boundary layer
that gives rise to buoyancy force and sustains flow. (This is known as the
Boussinesq approximation.) We take the upward direction along the plate to
be x, and the direction normal to surface to be y, as shown in Figure 9–6.
Therefore, gravity acts in the xdirection. Noting that the flow is steady and
twodimensional, the x and ycomponents of velocity within boundary layer
are u u(x, y) and v v(x, y), respectively.
The velocity and temperature profiles for natural convection over a vertical
hot plate are also shown in Figure 9–6. Note that as in forced convection, the
thickness of the boundary layer increases in the flow direction. Unlike forced
convection, however, the fluid velocity is zero at the outer edge of the velocity boundary layer as well as at the surface of the plate. This is expected since
the fluid beyond the boundary layer is motionless. Thus, the fluid velocity increases with distance from the surface, reaches a maximum, and gradually decreases to zero at a distance sufficiently far from the surface. At the surface,
the fluid temperature is equal to the plate temperature, and gradually decreases to the temperature of the surrounding fluid at a distance sufficiently
far from the surface, as shown in the figure. In the case of cold surfaces, the
shape of the velocity and temperature profiles remains the same but their direction is reversed.
Consider a differential volume element of height dx, length dy, and unit
depth in the zdirection (normal to the paper) for analysis. The forces acting
on this volume element are shown in Figure 9–7. Newton’s second law of motion for this control volume can be expressed as (a) Laminar flow (b) Turbulent flow FIGURE 9–5
Isotherms in natural convection over
a hot plate in air.
Ts
Temperature
profile
T
Velocity
profile
u= 0 u= 0 Boundary
layer
Stationary
fluid
at T Ts x
y FIGURE 9–6
Typical velocity and temperature
profiles for natural convection flow
over a hot vertical plate at temperature
Ts inserted in a fluid at temperature T . cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 464 464
HEAT TRANSFER
P ∂P
∂x m ax dx dy
τ τ dx
W ∂τ
∂y dy Fx (97) where m
(dx dy 1) is the mass of the fluid element within the control
volume. The acceleration in the xdirection is obtained by taking the total differential of u(x, y), which is du ( u/ x)dx ( u/ y)dy, and dividing it by dt.
We get
u dx
x dt du
dt ax u dy
y dt u u
x v u
y (98) P FIGURE 9–7
Forces acting on a differential
control volume in the natural
convection boundary layer
over a vertical flat plate. The forces acting on the differential volume element in the vertical direction
are the pressure forces acting on the top and bottom surfaces, the shear
stresses acting on the side surfaces (the normal stresses acting on the top and
bottom surfaces are small and are disregarded), and the force of gravity acting on the entire volume element. Then the net surface force acting in the
xdirection becomes
Fx y P
dx (dy 1)
x dy (dx 1)
2 u
y2 g(dx dy 1)
(99) P
x g (dx dy 1) since
( u/ y). Substituting Eqs. 98 and 99 into Eq. 97 and dividing by
dx dy 1 gives the conservation of momentum in the xdirection as
u u
x v u
y 2 u
y2 P
x g (910) The xmomentum equation in the quiescent fluid outside the boundary layer
can be obtained from the relation above as a special case by setting u 0. It
gives
P
x g (911) which is simply the relation for the variation of hydrostatic pressure in a quiescent fluid with height, as expected. Also, noting that v u in the boundary
layer and thus v/ x
v/ y 0, and that there are no body forces (including
gravity) in the ydirection, the force balance in that direction gives P/ y 0.
That is, the variation of pressure in the direction normal to the surface is negligible, and for a given x the pressure in the boundary layer is equal to the
pressure in the quiescent fluid. Therefore, P
P(x)
P (x) and P/ x
g. Substituting into Eq. 910,
P/x
u u
x v u
y 2 u
y2 ( )g (912) The last term represents the net upward force per unit volume of the fluid (the
difference between the buoyant force and the fluid weight). This is the force
that initiates and sustains convection currents.
(T
T ). Substituting it into the
From Eq. 95, we have
last equation and dividing both sides by gives the desired form of the
xmomentum equation, cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 465 465
CHAPTER 9 u u
x v 2 u
y v u
y2 g (T T) (913) This is the equation that governs the fluid motion in the boundary layer due
to the effect of buoyancy. Note that the momentum equation involves the
temperature, and thus the momentum and energy equations must be solved
simultaneously.
The set of three partial differential equations (the continuity, momentum,
and the energy equations) that govern natural convection flow over vertical
isothermal plates can be reduced to a set of two ordinary nonlinear differential
equations by the introduction of a similarity variable. But the resulting equations must still be solved numerically [Ostrach (1953), Ref. 27]. Interested
reader is referred to advanced books on the topic for detailed discussions [e.g.,
Kays and Crawford (1993), Ref. 23]. The Grashof Number
The governing equations of natural convection and the boundary conditions
can be nondimensionalized by dividing all dependent and independent variables by suitable constant quantities: all lengths by a characteristic length Lc ,
all velocities by an arbitrary reference velocity (which, from the definition
of Reynolds number, is taken to be
ReL /Lc), and temperature by a suitable temperature difference (which is taken to be Ts T ) as
x
Lc x* y* y
Lc u* u v* v and T* T
Ts T
T where asterisks are used to denote nondimensional variables. Substituting
them into the momentum equation and simplifying give
u* u*
x* v* u*
y* g (Ts T )L3 T *
c
Re2
v
L
2 1 2u *
ReL y * 2 (914) The dimensionless parameter in the brackets represents the natural convection
effects, and is called the Grashof number GrL ,
GrL T )L3
c g (Ts
v2 (915) where
g
Ts
T
Lc 2 gravitational acceleration, m/s
coefficient of volume expansion, 1/K (
1/T for ideal gases)
temperature of the surface, ˚C
temperature of the fluid sufficiently far from the surface, ˚C
characteristic length of the geometry, m
kinematic viscosity of the fluid, m2/s We mentioned in the preceding chapters that the flow regime in forced convection is governed by the dimensionless Reynolds number, which represents
the ratio of inertial forces to viscous forces acting on the fluid. The flow
regime in natural convection is governed by the dimensionless Grashof number, which represents the ratio of the buoyancy force to the viscous force acting on the fluid (Fig. 9–8). Hot
surface
Friction
force Cold
fluid Warm
fluid Buoyancy
force FIGURE 9–8
The Grashof number Gr is a measure
of the relative magnitudes of the
buoyancy force and the opposing
viscous force acting on the fluid. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 466 466
HEAT TRANSFER The role played by the Reynolds number in forced convection is played by
the Grashof number in natural convection. As such, the Grashof number provides the main criterion in determining whether the fluid flow is laminar or
turbulent in natural convection. For vertical plates, for example, the critical
Grashof number is observed to be about 10 9. Therefore, the flow regime on a
vertical plate becomes turbulent at Grashof numbers greater than 109.
When a surface is subjected to external flow, the problem involves both natural and forced convection. The relative importance of each mode of heat
2
transfer is determined by the value of the coefficient GrL /Re L : Natural con2
vection effects are negligible if GrL /Re L 1, free convection dominates and
2
the forced convection effects are negligible if GrL/ReL 1, and both effects
2
are significant and must be considered if GrL /Re L 1. 9–3 I NATURAL CONVECTION OVER SURFACES Natural convection heat transfer on a surface depends on the geometry of the
surface as well as its orientation. It also depends on the variation of temperature on the surface and the thermophysical properties of the fluid involved.
Although we understand the mechanism of natural convection well, the
complexities of fluid motion make it very difficult to obtain simple analytical
relations for heat transfer by solving the governing equations of motion and
energy. Some analytical solutions exist for natural convection, but such solutions lack generality since they are obtained for simple geometries under some
simplifying assumptions. Therefore, with the exception of some simple cases,
heat transfer relations in natural convection are based on experimental studies.
Of the numerous such correlations of varying complexity and claimed accuracy available in the literature for any given geometry, we present here the
ones that are best known and widely used.
The simple empirical correlations for the average Nusselt number Nu in natural convection are of the form (Fig. 9–9)
Constant
coefficient
Nu = C Ran
L
Nusselt
number Nu
Constant
exponent Rayleigh
number FIGURE 9–9
Natural convection heat transfer
correlations are usually expressed in
terms of the Rayleigh number raised
to a constant n multiplied by another
constant C, both of which are
determined experimentally. hLc
k C(GrL Pr)n C Ran
L (916) where RaL is the Rayleigh number, which is the product of the Grashof and
Prandtl numbers:
Ra L GrL Pr T )L3
c g (Ts
v2 Pr (917) The values of the constants C and n depend on the geometry of the surface and
the flow regime, which is characterized by the range of the Rayleigh number.
The value of n is usually 1 for laminar flow and 1 for turbulent flow. The value
4
3
of the constant C is normally less than 1.
Simple relations for the average Nusselt number for various geometries are
given in Table 9–1, together with sketches of the geometries. Also given in
this table are the characteristic lengths of the geometries and the ranges of
Rayleigh number in which the relation is applicable. All fluid properties are to
be evaluated at the film temperature Tf 1(Ts T ).
2
When the average Nusselt number and thus the average convection coefficient is known, the rate of heat transfer by natural convection from a solid cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 467 467
CHAPTER 9 surface at a uniform temperature Ts to the surrounding fluid is expressed by
Newton’s law of cooling as
˙
Qconv hAs(Ts T) (W) (918) where As is the heat transfer surface area and h is the average heat transfer coefficient on the surface. Vertical Plates (Ts constant) Vertical Plates (qs
˙ constant) For a vertical flat plate, the characteristic length is the plate height L. In Table
9–1 we give three relations for the average Nusselt number for an isothermal
vertical plate. The first two relations are very simple. Despite its complexity,
we suggest using the third one (Eq. 921) recommended by Churchill and Chu
(1975, Ref. 13) since it is applicable over the entire range of Rayleigh number.
This relation is most accurate in the range of 10 1 RaL 109. In the case of constant surface heat flux, the rate of heat transfer is known (it
·
·
is simply Q
q s A s ), but the surface temperature Ts is not. In fact, Ts increases with height along the plate. It turns out that the Nusselt number relations for the constant surface temperature and constant surface heat flux cases
are nearly identical [Churchill and Chu (1975), Ref. 13]. Therefore, the relations for isothermal plates can also be used for plates subjected to uniform
heat flux, provided that the plate midpoint temperature TL / 2 is used for Ts in
the evaluation of the film temperature, Rayleigh number, and the Nusselt
·
number. Noting that h q s / (TL / 2 T ), the average Nusselt number in this
case can be expressed as
Nu hL
k ˙
qs L
k(TL / 2 T ) (927) The midpoint temperature TL / 2 is determined by iteration so that the Nusselt
numbers determined from Eqs. 921 and 927 match. Vertical Cylinders
An outer surface of a vertical cylinder can be treated as a vertical plate when
the diameter of the cylinder is sufficiently large so that the curvature effects
are negligible. This condition is satisfied if
D 35L
Gr1/4
L Hot
plate (928) When this criteria is met, the relations for vertical plates can also be used for
vertical cylinders. Nusselt number relations for slender cylinders that do not
meet this criteria are available in the literature [e.g., Cebeci (1974), Ref. 8]. Boundary
layer flow
y
θ x Fy F
θ Fx g Inclined Plates
Consider an inclined hot plate that makes an angle from the vertical, as
)
shown in Figure 9–10, in a cooler environment. The net force F g(
(the difference between the buoyancy and gravity) acting on a unit volume of
the fluid in the boundary layer is always in the vertical direction. In the case FIGURE 9–10
Natural convection flows on the
upper and lower surfaces of
an inclined hot plate. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 468 468
HEAT TRANSFER TABLE 9–1
Empirical correlations for the average Nusselt number for natural convection over surfaces
Characteristic
length Lc Geometry Ts Nu 104–109
109–1013 Vertical plate Range of Ra Nu
Nu 0.59Ra1/4
L
0.1Ra1/3
L Entire range Nu 0.825 (919)
(920) L
L 0.387Ra1/ 6
L
[1 2 9/16 8/27 (0.492/Pr) (921) (complex but more accurate)
Use vertical plate equations for the upper
surface of a cold plate and the lower
surface of a hot plate Inclined plate
L
L θ Replace g by g cos Horiontal plate
(Surface area A and perimeter p)
(a) Upper surface of a hot plate
(or lower surface of a cold plate) for Ra 109 104–107
107–1011 Nu
Nu 0.54Ra1/4
L
0.15Ra1/3
L (922)
(923) 105–1011 Nu 0.27Ra1/4
L (924) Ts Hot surface A s /p
(b) Lower surface of a hot plate
(or upper surface of a cold plate) Ts Hot surface
Vertical cylinder A vertical cylinder can be treated as a
vertical plate when Ts
L
L D Horizontal cylinder Ts RaD 1012 Nu RaD D 1011 Nu 35L
Gr1/4
L 0.6 2 0.387Ra 1/6
D
[1 (0.559/Pr) 9/16 8/27 (925) D Sphere
D D (Pr 0.7) 2 1/4
0.589RaD [1 (0.469/Pr)9/16]4/9 (926) cen58933_ch09.qxd
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CHAPTER 9 of inclined plate, this force can be resolved into two components: Fy F cos
parallel to the plate that drives the flow along the plate, and Fy F sin
normal to the plate. Noting that the force that drives the motion is reduced, we
expect the convection currents to be weaker, and the rate of heat transfer to be
lower relative to the vertical plate case.
The experiments confirm what we suspect for the lower surface of a hot
plate, but the opposite is observed on the upper surface. The reason for this curious behavior for the upper surface is that the force component Fy initiates
upward motion in addition to the parallel motion along the plate, and thus the
boundary layer breaks up and forms plumes, as shown in the figure. As a result, the thickness of the boundary layer and thus the resistance to heat transfer decreases, and the rate of heat transfer increases relative to the vertical
orientation.
In the case of a cold plate in a warmer environment, the opposite occurs as
expected: The boundary layer on the upper surface remains intact with weaker
boundary layer flow and thus lower rate of heat transfer, and the boundary
layer on the lower surface breaks apart (the colder fluid falls down) and thus
enhances heat transfer.
When the boundary layer remains intact (the lower surface of a hot plate or
the upper surface of a cold plate), the Nusselt number can be determined from
the vertical plate relations provided that g in the Rayleigh number relation is
replaced by g cos for
60˚. Nusselt number relations for the other two
surfaces (the upper surface of a hot plate or the lower surface of a cold plate)
are available in the literature [e.g., Fujiii and Imura (1972), Ref. 18]. Horizontal Plates
The rate of heat transfer to or from a horizontal surface depends on whether
the surface is facing upward or downward. For a hot surface in a cooler environment, the net force acts upward, forcing the heated fluid to rise. If the hot
surface is facing upward, the heated fluid rises freely, inducing strong natural
convection currents and thus effective heat transfer, as shown in Figure 9–11.
But if the hot surface is facing downward, the plate will block the heated fluid
that tends to rise (except near the edges), impeding heat transfer. The opposite
is true for a cold plate in a warmer environment since the net force (weight
minus buoyancy force) in this case acts downward, and the cooled fluid near
the plate tends to descend.
The average Nusselt number for horizontal surfaces can be determined from
the simple powerlaw relations given in Table 9–1. The characteristic length
for horizontal surfaces is calculated from
Lc As
p (929) where As is the surface area and p is the perimeter. Note that Lc a/4 for a
horizontal square surface of length a, and D/4 for a horizontal circular surface
of diameter D. Horizontal Cylinders and Spheres
The boundary layer over a hot horizontal cylinder start to develop at the bottom, increasing in thickness along the circumference, and forming a rising Natural
convection
currents Natural
convection
currents Hot
plate FIGURE 9–11
Natural convection flows on the
upper and lower surfaces of
a horizontal hot plate. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 470 470
HEAT TRANSFER plume at the top, as shown in Figure 9–12. Therefore, the local Nusselt number is highest at the bottom, and lowest at the top of the cylinder when the
boundary layer flow remains laminar. The opposite is true in the case of a cold
horizontal cylinder in a warmer medium, and the boundary layer in this case
starts to develop at the top of the cylinder and ending with a descending plume
at the bottom.
The average Nusselt number over the entire surface can be determined from
Eq. 926 [Churchill and Chu (1975), Ref. 13] for an isothermal horizontal
cylinder, and from Eq. 927 for an isothermal sphere [Churchill (1983}, Ref.
11] both given in Table 9–1. Boundary
layer flow Hot
cylinder FIGURE 9–12
Natural convection flow over a
horizontal hot cylinder.
T = 20°C
70°C
D = 8 cm
6m FIGURE 9–13
Schematic for Example 9–1. EXAMPLE 9–1 Heat Loss from Hot Water Pipes A 6mlong section of an 8cmdiameter horizontal hot water pipe shown in Figure 9–13 passes through a large room whose temperature is 20˚C. If the outer
surface temperature of the pipe is 70˚C, determine the rate of heat loss from
the pipe by natural convection. SOLUTION A horizontal hot water pipe passes through a large room. The rate
of heat loss from the pipe by natural convection is to be determined.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 Air is an ideal gas. 3 The
local atmospheric pressure is 1 atm.
Properties The properties of air at the film temperature of Tf (Ts T )/2
(70 20)/2 45˚C and 1 atm are (Table A–15)
k 0.02699 W/m ˚C
1.749 Analysis
pipe, Lc RaD 10 5 Pr m2/s 0.7241
1
1
Tf 318 K The characteristic length in this case is the outer diameter of the
D 0.08 m. Then the Rayleigh number becomes T )D3 g (Ts Pr
v
2
(9.81 m /s )[1/(318 K)](70 20 K)(0.08 m)3
(0.7241)
(1.749 10 5 m 2/s) 2
2 1.869 10 6 The natural convection Nusselt number in this case can be determined from
Eq. 925 to be 0.6 Nu [1 0.387 Ra1/6
D
(0.559/Pr)9/16]8/27 2 0.6 0.387(1869 106)1/6
[1 (0.559/0.7241)9/16]8/27 17.40
Then, h
As k
Nu
D
DL 0.02699 W/m ºC
(17.40) 5.869 W/m ˚C
0.08 m
(0.08 m)(6 m) 1.508 m2 and ·
Q hAs(Ts T) (5.869 W/m2 ˚C)(1.508 m2)(70 20)˚C 443 W 2 cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 471 471
CHAPTER 9 Therefore, the pipe will lose heat to the air in the room at a rate of 443 W by
natural convection.
Discussion The pipe will lose heat to the surroundings by radiation as well as by
natural convection. Assuming the outer surface of the pipe to be black (emissivity
1) and the inner surfaces of the walls of the room to be at room temperature, the radiation heat transfer is determined to be (Fig. 9–14) ·
Q rad T = 20°C . 4
4
As (T s T surr )
(1)(1.508 m2)(5.67
553 W Q nat conv = 443 W 10 8 W/m2 K4)[(70 273 K)4 (20 273 K)4] Ts = 70°C . which is larger than natural convection. The emissivity of a real surface is less
than 1, and thus the radiation heat transfer for a real surface will be less. But
radiation will still be significant for most systems cooled by natural convection.
Therefore, a radiation analysis should normally accompany a natural convection
analysis unless the emissivity of the surface is low. EXAMPLE 9–2 Q rad, max = 553 W FIGURE 9–14
Radiation heat transfer is usually
comparable to natural convection in
magnitude and should be considered in
heat transfer analysis. Cooling of a Plate in Different Orientations Consider a 0.6m 0.6m thin square plate in a room at 30˚C. One side of the
plate is maintained at a temperature of 90˚C, while the other side is insulated,
as shown in Figure 9–15. Determine the rate of heat transfer from the plate by
natural convection if the plate is (a) vertical, (b) horizontal with hot surface facing up, and (c) horizontal with hot surface facing down. SOLUTION A hot plate with an insulated back is considered. The rate of heat
loss by natural convection is to be determined for different orientations.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 Air is an ideal gas. 3 The
local atmospheric pressure is 1 atm.
Properties The properties of air at the film temperature of Tf (Ts T )/2
(90 30)/2 60˚C and 1 atm are (Table A15) k 0.02808 W/m ˚C
1.896 10 5 Pr 0.7202
1
1
Tf 333 K m2/s 90°C T = 30°C L = 0.6 m (a) Vertical (b) Hot surface facing up Analysis (a) Vertical. The characteristic length in this case is the height of the
plate, which is L 0.6 m. The Rayleigh number is RaL T )L3 g (Ts Pr
v
(9.81 m/s2)[1/(333 K)](90 30 K)(0.6 m)3
(0.722)
(1.896 10 5 m2/s)2
2 7.656 108 Then the natural convection Nusselt number can be determined from Eq. 921
to be Nu 0.825 0.825 [1 0.387 Ra1/6
L
(0.492 / Pr)9/16]8/27 2 0.387(7.656 108)1/6
1 (0.492/0.7202)9/16]8/27 2 113.4 (c) Hot surface facing down FIGURE 9–15
Schematic for Example 9–2. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002
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HEAT TRANSFER Note that the simpler relation Eq. 919 would give Nu
which is 13 percent lower. Then, 0.02808 W/m ºC
k
Nu
(113.4)
L
0.6 m
L2 (0.6 m)2 0.36 m2 h
As 1/4
0.59 RaL 98.14, 5.306 W/m2 ˚C and ·
Q hAs(Ts T) (5.306 W/m2 ˚C)(0.36 m2)(90 30)˚C 115 W (b) Horizontal with hot surface facing up. The characteristic length and the
Rayleigh number in this case are Lc
RaL As
p L2
4L L 0.6 m
4
4
T )L 3
c
Pr
2 g (Ts 0.15 m v
(9.81 m/s2)[1/(333 K)](90 30 K)(0.15 m)3
(0.7202)
(1.896 10 5 m2/s)2 1.196 107 The natural convection Nusselt number can be determined from Eq. 922 to be 0.54 Ra 1/4
L Nu 0.54(1.196 107)1/4 31.76 Then, h
As 0.0280 W/m ºC
k
Nu
(31.76)
Lc
0.15 m
L2 (0.6 m)2 0.36 m2 5.946 W/m2 ˚C and ·
Q hAs(Ts T) (5.946 W/m2 ˚C)(0.36 m2)(90 30)˚C 128 W (c) Horizontal with hot surface facing down. The characteristic length, the heat
transfer surface area, and the Rayleigh number in this case are the same as
those determined in (b). But the natural convection Nusselt number is to be determined from Eq. 924, 0.27 Ra 1/4
L Nu 0.27(1.196 107)1/4 15.86 Then, h k
Nu
Lc 0.02808 W/m ºC
(15.86)
0.15 m 2.973 W/m2 ˚C and ·
Q hAs(Ts T) (2.973 W/m2 ˚C)(0.36 m2)(90 30)˚C 64.2 W Note that the natural convection heat transfer is the lowest in the case of the
hot surface facing down. This is not surprising, since the hot air is “trapped”
under the plate in this case and cannot get away from the plate easily. As a result, the cooler air in the vicinity of the plate will have difficulty reaching the
plate, which results in a reduced rate of heat transfer.
Discussion The plate will lose heat to the surroundings by radiation as well as
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CHAPTER 9 1) and the inner surfaces of the walls of the room to be at room temperature, the radiation heat transfer in this case is determined to be ·
Q rad 4
As (Ts4 Tsurr)
(1)(0.36 m2)(5.67
182 W 10 8 W/m2 K4)[(90 273 K)4 (30 273 K)4] which is larger than that for natural convection heat transfer for each case.
Therefore, radiation can be significant and needs to be considered in surfaces
cooled by natural convection. 9–4 I NATURAL CONVECTION FROM FINNED
SURFACES AND PCBs Natural convection flow through a channel formed by two parallel plates as
shown in Figure 9–16 is commonly encountered in practice. When the plates
are hot (Ts T ), the ambient fluid at T enters the channel from the lower
end, rises as it is heated under the effect of buoyancy, and the heated fluid
leaves the channel from the upper end. The plates could be the fins of a finned
heat sink, or the PCBs (printed circuit boards) of an electronic device. The
plates can be approximated as being isothermal (Ts constant) in the first
·
case, and isoflux (qs constant) in the second case.
Boundary layers start to develop at the lower ends of opposing surfaces, and
eventually merge at the midplane if the plates are vertical and sufficiently
long. In this case, we will have fully developed channel flow after the merger
of the boundary layers, and the natural convection flow is analyzed as channel
flow. But when the plates are short or the spacing is large, the boundary layers of opposing surfaces never reach each other, and the natural convection
flow on a surface is not affected by the presence of the opposing surface. In
that case, the problem should be analyzed as natural convection from two independent plates in a quiescent medium, using the relations given for surfaces,
rather than natural convection flow through a channel. Natural Convection Cooling of Finned Surfaces
(Ts constant) Finned surfaces of various shapes, called heat sinks, are frequently used in the
cooling of electronic devices. Energy dissipated by these devices is transferred
to the heat sinks by conduction and from the heat sinks to the ambient air by
natural or forced convection, depending on the power dissipation requirements. Natural convection is the preferred mode of heat transfer since it involves no moving parts, like the electronic components themselves. However,
in the natural convection mode, the components are more likely to run at a
higher temperature and thus undermine reliability. A properly selected heat
sink may considerably lower the operation temperature of the components and
thus reduce the risk of failure.
Natural convection from vertical finned surfaces of rectangular shape has
been the subject of numerous studies, mostly experimental. BarCohen and Fully
developed
flow
Isothermal
plate at Ts
L
Boundary
layer Ambient
fluid
T S FIGURE 9–16
Natural convection flow through a
channel between two isothermal
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HEAT TRANSFER Rohsenow (1984, Ref. 5) have compiled the available data under various
boundary conditions, and developed correlations for the Nusselt number and
optimum spacing. The characteristic length for vertical parallel plates used as
fins is usually taken to be the spacing between adjacent fins S, although the fin
height L could also be used. The Rayleigh number is expressed as
RaS T )S 3 g (Ts
v 2 Pr and T )L 3 g (Ts RaL v 2 Pr RaS L3
S3 (930) The recommended relation for the average Nusselt number for vertical
isothermal parallel plates is
Ts FIGURE 9–17
Heat sinks with (a) widely spaced and
(b) closely packed fins (courtesy of
Vemaline Products). W H Quiescent
air, T constant: Nu hS
k 576
(Ra S S / L)2 Ts constant: Sopt 2.714 Sopt: Nu S
t FIGURE 9–18
Various dimensions of a finned surface
oriented vertically. S 3L
Ra S 0.25 2.714 L
Ra 0.25
L It can be shown by combining the three equations above that when S
the Nusselt number is a constant and its value is 1.307,
S Ts 0.5 (931) A question that often arises in the selection of a heat sink is whether to select one with closely packed fins or widely spaced fins for a given base area
(Fig. 9–17). A heat sink with closely packed fins will have greater surface area
for heat transfer but a smaller heat transfer coefficient because of the extra
resistance the additional fins introduce to fluid flow through the interfin
passages. A heat sink with widely spaced fins, on the other hand, will have a
higher heat transfer coefficient but a smaller surface area. Therefore, there
must be an optimum spacing that maximizes the natural convection heat transfer from the heat sink for a given base area WL, where W and L are the width
and height of the base of the heat sink, respectively, as shown in Figure 9–18.
When the fins are essentially isothermal and the fin thickness t is small relative to the fin spacing S, the optimum fin spacing for a vertical heat sink is determined by BarCohen and Rohsenow to be L
g 2.873
( Ra S S /L)0.5 h S opt
k 1.307 (932) Sopt, (933) The rate of heat transfer by natural convection from the fins can be determined from
·
Q h(2nLH)(Ts T) (934) where n W/(S t) W/S is the number of fins on the heat sink and Ts is the
surface temperature of the fins. All fluid properties are to be evaluated at the
average temperature Tave (Ts T )/2. Natural Convection Cooling of Vertical PCBs
˙
(qs constant) Arrays of printed circuit boards used in electronic systems can often be mod·
eled as parallel plates subjected to uniform heat flux qs (Fig. 9–19). The plate
temperature in this case increases with height, reaching a maximum at the cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 475 475
CHAPTER 9 upper edge of the board. The modified Rayleigh number for uniform heat flux
on both plates is expressed as
Ra *
S ˙
g qs S 4
Pr
kv 2 (935) The Nusselt number at the upper edge of the plate where maximum temperature occurs is determined from [BarCohen and Rohsenow (1984), Ref. 5]
NuL hLS
k 48
Ra * S / L
S 2.51
(Ra *S / L)0.4
L 0.5 (936) The optimum fin spacing for the case of uniform heat flux on both plates is
given as
·
qs constant: Sopt S 4L
Ra *
S 2.12 0.2 (937) The total rate of heat transfer from the plates is
·
Q ·
qs As ·
qs (2nLH) (938) where n W/(S t) W/S is the number of plates. The critical surface temperature TL occurs at the upper edge of the plates, and it can be determined
from
·
qs hL(TL T) W (939) All fluid properties are to be evaluated at the average temperature Tave
(TL T )/2. Mass Flow Rate through the Space between Plates
As we mentioned earlier, the magnitude of the natural convection heat transfer is directly related to the mass flow rate of the fluid, which is established by
the dynamic balance of two opposing effects: buoyancy and friction.
The fins of a heat sink introduce both effects: inducing extra buoyancy as a
result of the elevated temperature of the fin surfaces and slowing down the
fluid by acting as an added obstacle on the flow path. As a result, increasing
the number of fins on a heat sink can either enhance or reduce natural convection, depending on which effect is dominant. The buoyancydriven fluid
flow rate is established at the point where these two effects balance each
other. The friction force increases as more and more solid surfaces are introduced, seriously disrupting fluid flow and heat transfer. Under some conditions, the increase in friction may more than offset the increase in buoyancy.
This in turn will tend to reduce the flow rate and thus the heat transfer. For that
reason, heat sinks with closely spaced fills are not suitable for natural convection cooling.
When the heat sink involves closely spaced fins, the narrow channels
formed tend to block or “suffocate” the fluid, especially when the heat sink is
long. As a result, the blocking action produced overwhelms the extra buoyancy and downgrades the heat transfer characteristics of the heat sink. Then,
at a fixed power setting, the heat sink runs at a higher temperature relative to
the noshroud case. When the heat sink involves widely spaced fins, the L ·
qs H
T S FIGURE 9–19
Arrays of vertical printed circuit
boards (PCBs) cooled by natural
convection. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 476 476
HEAT TRANSFER shroud does not introduce a significant increase in resistance to flow, and the
buoyancy effects dominate. As a result, heat transfer by natural convection
may improve, and at a fixed power level the heat sink may run at a lower temperature.
When extended surfaces such as fins are used to enhance natural convection
heat transfer between a solid and a fluid, the flow rate of the fluid in the vicinity of the solid adjusts itself to incorporate the changes in buoyancy and friction. It is obvious that this enhancement technique will work to advantage
only when the increase in buoyancy is greater than the additional friction introduced. One does not need to be concerned with pressure drop or pumping
power when studying natural convection since no pumps or blowers are used
in this case. Therefore, an enhancement technique in natural convection is
evaluated on heat transfer performance alone.
The failure rate of an electronic component increases almost exponentially
with operating temperature. The cooler the electronic device operates, the
more reliable it is. A rule of thumb is that the semiconductor failure rate is
halved for each 10˚C reduction in junction operating temperature. The desire
to lower the operating temperature without having to resort to forced convection has motivated researchers to investigate enhancement techniques for natural convection. Sparrow and Prakash (Ref. 31) have demonstrated that, under
certain conditions, the use of discrete plates in lieu of continuous plates of the
same surface area increases heat transfer considerably. In other experimental
work, using transistors as the heat source, Çengel and Zing (Ref. 9) have
demonstrated that temperature recorded on the transistor case dropped by as
much as 30˚C when a shroud was used, as opposed to the corresponding noshroud case.
EXAMPLE 9–3
W = 0.12 m
H = 2.4 cm L = 0.18 m
Ts = 80°C
t = 1 mm S FIGURE 9–20
Schematic for Example 9–3. Optimum Fin Spacing of a Heat Sink A 12cmwide and 18cmhigh vertical hot surface in 30˚C air is to be cooled by
a heat sink with equally spaced fins of rectangular profile (Fig. 9–20). The fins
are 0.1 cm thick and 18 cm long in the vertical direction and have a height of
2.4 cm from the base. Determine the optimum fin spacing and the rate of heat
transfer by natural convection from the heat sink if the base temperature is 80˚C. SOLUTION A heat sink with equally spaced rectangular fins is to be used to
cool a hot surface. The optimum fin spacing and the rate of heat transfer are to
be determined.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 Air is an ideal gas. 3 The
atmospheric pressure at that location is 1 atm. 4 The thickness t of the fins is
very small relative to the fin spacing S so that Eq. 932 for optimum fin spacing is applicable. 5 All fin surfaces are isothermal at base temperature.
Properties The properties of air at the film temperature of Tf (Ts T )/2
(80 30)/2 55˚C and 1 atm pressure are (Table A15)
k 0.02772 W/m ˚C
1.846 10 5 m2/s Pr 0.7215
1/Tf 1/328 K Analysis We take the characteristic length to be the length of the fins in the
vertical direction (since we do not know the fin spacing). Then the Rayleigh
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CHAPTER 9 RaL T )L 3 g (Ts Pr
v
(981 m/s2)[1/(328 K)](80 30 K)(0.18 m)3
(0.7215)
(1.846 10 5 m2/s) 2
2 1.846 107 The optimum fin spacing is determined from Eq. 732 to be Sopt 2.714 L
Ra 0.25
L 2.714 0.8 m
(1.846 10 7) 0.25 7.45 10 3 m 7.45 mm which is about seven times the thickness of the fins. Therefore, the assumption
of negligible fin thickness in this case is acceptable. The number of fins and
the heat transfer coefficient for this optimum fin spacing case are n W
S t 0.12 m
(0.00745 0.0001) m 15 fins The convection coefficient for this optimum in spacing case is, from Eq. 933, h Nuopt k
Sopt 1.307 0.02772 W/m ºC
0.00745 m 0.2012 W/m2 ˚C Cold
surface Hot
surface Then the rate of natural convection heat transfer becomes ·
Q . hAs(Ts T ) h(2nLH)(Ts T )
(0.2012 W/m2 ˚C)[2 15(0.18 m)(0.024 m)](80 Velocity
profile Q 30)˚C 1.30 W Therefore, this heat sink can dissipate heat by natural convection at a rate of
1.30 W.
L 9–5 I NATURAL CONVECTION INSIDE ENCLOSURES A considerable portion of heat loss from a typical residence occurs through
the windows. We certainly would insulate the windows, if we could, in order
to conserve energy. The problem is finding an insulating material that is transparent. An examination of the thermal conductivities of the insulting materials reveals that air is a better insulator than most common insulating
materials. Besides, it is transparent. Therefore, it makes sense to insulate the
windows with a layer of air. Of course, we need to use another sheet of glass
to trap the air. The result is an enclosure, which is known as a doublepane
window in this case. Other examples of enclosures include wall cavities, solar
collectors, and cryogenic chambers involving concentric cylinders or spheres.
Enclosures are frequently encountered in practice, and heat transfer through
them is of practical interest. Heat transfer in enclosed spaces is complicated
by the fact that the fluid in the enclosure, in general, does not remain stationary. In a vertical enclosure, the fluid adjacent to the hotter surface rises and the
fluid adjacent to the cooler one falls, setting off a rotationary motion within
the enclosure that enhances heat transfer through the enclosure. Typical flow
patterns in vertical and horizontal rectangular enclosures are shown in Figures
9–2l and 9–22. FIGURE 9–21
Convective currents in a vertical
rectangular enclosure.
Light fluid Hot (No fluid motion)
Heavy fluid Cold (a) Hot plate at the top
Heavy fluid Light fluid Cold Hot (b) Hot plate at the bottom FIGURE 9–22
Convective currents in a horizontal
enclosure with (a) hot plate at the top
and (b) hot plate at the bottom. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 478 478
HEAT TRANSFER The characteristics of heat transfer through a horizontal enclosure depend
on whether the hotter plate is at the top or at the bottom, as shown in Figure 9–22. When the hotter plate is at the top, no convection currents will develop in the enclosure, since the lighter fluid will always be on top of the
heavier fluid. Heat transfer in this case will be by pure conduction, and we
will have Nu 1. When the hotter plate is at the bottom, the heavier fluid will
be on top of the lighter fluid, and there will be a tendency for the lighter fluid
to topple the heavier fluid and rise to the top, where it will come in contact
with the cooler plate and cool down. Until that happens, however, the heat
transfer is still by pure conduction and Nu 1. When Ra 1708, the buoyant force overcomes the fluid resistance and initiates natural convection currents, which are observed to be in the form of hexagonal cells called Bénard
cells. For Ra 3 105, the cells break down and the fluid motion becomes
turbulent.
The Rayleigh number for an enclosure is determined from
RaL T2)L3
c g (T1
v 2 Pr (940) where the characteristic length Lc is the distance between the hot and cold surfaces, and T1 and T2 are the temperatures of the hot and cold surfaces, respectively. All fluid properties are to be evaluated at the average fluid temperature
Tave (T1 T2)/2. Effective Thermal Conductivity
When the Nusselt number is known, the rate of heat transfer through the enclosure can be determined from
·
Q hAs(T1 T2) kNuAs T1 T2
Lc (941) since h kNu/L. The rate of steady heat conduction across a layer of thickness Lc , area As, and thermal conductivity k is expressed as
Hot k Cold Nu = 3
Hot keff = 3k Cold . . Q = 10 W Q = 30 W (No
motion) Pure
conduction Natural
convection FIGURE 9–23
A Nusselt number of 3 for an
enclosure indicates that heat transfer
through the enclosure by natural
convection is three times that by pure
conduction. ·
Q cond kAs T1 T2
Lc (942) where T1 and T2 are the temperatures on the two sides of the layer. A comparison of this relation with Eq. 941 reveals that the convection heat transfer in
an enclosure is analogous to heat conduction across the fluid layer in the enclosure provided that the thermal conductivity k is replaced by kNu. That is,
the fluid in an enclosure behaves like a fluid whose thermal conductivity is
kNu as a result of convection currents. Therefore, the quantity kNu is called
the effective thermal conductivity of the enclosure. That is,
keff kNu (943) Note that for the special case of Nu 1, the effective thermal conductivity of
the enclosure becomes equal to the conductivity of the fluid. This is expected
since this case corresponds to pure conduction (Fig. 9–23).
Natural convection heat transfer in enclosed spaces has been the subject
of many experimental and numerical studies, and numerous correlations for
the Nusselt number exist. Simple powerlaw type relations in the form of cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 479 479
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n
Nu CRaL , where C and n are constants, are sufficiently accurate, but they
are usually applicable to a narrow range of Prandtl and Rayleigh numbers
and aspect ratios. The relations that are more comprehensive are naturally
more complex. Next we present some widely used relations for various types
of enclosures. Horizontal Rectangular Enclosures
We need no Nusselt number relations for the case of the hotter plate being at
the top, since there will be no convection currents in this case and heat transfer will be downward by conduction (Nu 1). When the hotter plate is at the
bottom, however, significant convection currents set in for RaL 1708, and
the rate of heat transfer increases (Fig. 9–24).
For horizontal enclosures that contain air, Jakob (1949, Ref. 22) recommends the following simple correlations
Nu 1/4
0.195RaL 104 Nu 1/3
0.068RaL 4 4 105 RaL 107 (945) L These relations can also be used for other gases with 0.5 Pr 2. Using water, silicone oil, and mercury in their experiments, Globe and Dropkin (1959)
obtained this correlation for horizontal enclosures heated from below,
Nu 1/3
0.069RaL Pr0.074 3 105 T2 (944) RaL
105 ·
Q T1 > T2 RaL 7 109 (946) Fluid T1 H FIGURE 9–24
A horizontal rectangular enclosure
with isothermal surfaces. Based on experiments with air, Hollands et al (1976, Ref. 19) recommend this
correlation for horizontal enclosures,
Nu 1 1.44 1 1708
Ra L Ra 1/3
L
18 1 RaL 108 (947) The notation [ ] indicates that if the quantity in the bracket is negative, it should
be set equal to zero. This relation also correlates data well for liquids with moderate Prandtl numbers for RaL 105, and thus it can also be used for water. Inclined Rectangular Enclosures T2 Air spaces between two inclined parallel plates are commonly encountered in
flatplate solar collectors (between the glass cover and the absorber plate) and
the doublepane skylights on inclined roofs. Heat transfer through an inclined
enclosure depends on the aspect ratio H/L as well as the tilt angle from the
horizontal (Fig. 9–25).
For large aspect ratios (H/L 12), this equation [Hollands et al., 1976, Ref.
19] correlates experimental data extremely well for tilt angles up to 70˚,
Nu 1 1.44 1 1708
RaL cos 1 1708(sin 1.8 )1.6
RaL cos (RaL cos )1/3
18 T1
H ·
Q
L 1 T1 > T2 (948) for RaL 105, 0
70˚, and H/L 12. Again any quantity in [ ] should
be set equal to zero if it is negative. This is to ensure that Nu 1 for RaL cos
1708. Note that this relation reduces to Eq. 947 for horizontal enclosures
for
0˚, as expected. θ FIGURE 9–25
An inclined rectangular enclosure
with isothermal surfaces. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 480 480
HEAT TRANSFER For enclosures with smaller aspect ratios (H/L 12), the next correlation
can be used provided that the tilt angle is less than the critical value cr listed
in Table 9–2 [Catton (1978), Ref. 7]
TABLE 9–2 Nu Critical angles for inclined
rectangular enclosures
Aspect ratio,
H/L Critical angle, 1
3
6
12
12 25˚
53˚
60˚
67˚
70˚ cr Nu 0º Nu
Nu / cr 90º (sin 0º cr) /(4 cr) 0º cr (949) For tilt angles greater than the critical value ( cr
90˚), the Nusselt
number can be obtained by multiplying the Nusselt number for a vertical enclosure by (sin )1/4 [Ayyaswamy and Catton (1973), Ref. 3],
Nu Nu )1/4 90˚(sin 90˚, any H/L cr (950) For enclosures tilted more than 90˚, the recommended relation is [Arnold et
al., (1974), Ref. 2]
Nu 1 (Nu 1)sin 90˚ 90˚ 180˚, any H/L (951) More recent but more complex correlations are also available in the literature
[e.g., and ElSherbiny et al. (1982), Ref. 17]. Vertical Rectangular Enclosures
T1 For vertical enclosures (Fig. 9–26), Catton (1978, Ref. 7) recommends these
two correlations due to Berkovsky and Polevikov (1977, Ref. 6), T2
·
Q Nu H L T1 > T2 Nu 0.18 0.22 0.2 Pr Ra L 0.28 Pr
0.2 1 H/L 2
any Prandtl number
RaL Pr/(0.2 Pr) 10 3 0.29 Pr Pr RaL 1/4 H
L 2 H/L 10
any Prandtl number
RaL 10 10 (952) (953) For vertical enclosures with larger aspect ratios, the following correlations can
be used [MacGregor and Emery (1969), Ref. 26]
FIGURE 9–26
A vertical rectangular enclosure with
isothermal surfaces. Ra 1/4
L Di Do 0.42 Nu
Outer cylinder
at To Nu Pr 0.46Ra1/3
L 0.012 H
L 0.3 10 H/L
1 Pr 2
104 RaL 40
10 4
10 7 1 H / L 40
1 Pr 20
106 RaL 10 9 (954) (955) Again all fluid properties are to be evaluated at the average temperature
(T1 T2)/2. Concentric Cylinders
Inner cylinder
at Ti FIGURE 9–27
Two concentric horizontal isothermal
cylinders. Consider two long concentric horizontal cylinders maintained at uniform but
different temperatures of Ti and To, as shown in Figure 9–27. The diameters of
the inner and outer cylinders are Di and Do, respectively, and the characteristic length is the spacing between the cylinders, Lc (Do Di)/2. The rate of
heat transfer through the annular space between the natural convection unit is
expressed as cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 481 481
CHAPTER 9 ·
Q 2 k eff
(T
ln(Do /Di ) i To ) (W/m) (956) The recommended relation for effective thermal conductivity is [Raithby and
Hollands (1975), Ref. 28]
keff
k 0.386 1/4 Pr
0.861 Pr (Fcyl Ra L )1/4 (957) where the geometric factor for concentric cylinders Fcyl is
[ln(Do /Di )]4
L3(D i 3 /5 D o 3 /5)5
c Fcyl (958) The keff relation in Eq. 957 is applicable for 0.70 Pr 6000 and 102
FcylRaL 107. For FcylRaL 100, natural convection currents are negligible
and thus keff k. Note that keff cannot be less than k, and thus we should set
keff k if keff/k 1. The fluid properties are evaluated at the average temperature of (Ti To)/2. Concentric Spheres
For concentric isothermal spheres, the rate of heat transfer through the gap
between the spheres by natural convection is expressed as (Fig. 9–28)
·
Q Di Do
(Ti
Lc k eff To) ( W) 0.74 Pr
0.861 Pr 1/4 (Fsph Ra L)1/4 Lc
(Di Do ) 4 (Di 7/5 (961) Do 7/5)5 The keff relation in Eq. 960 is applicable for 0.70
FsphRaL 104. If keff/k 1, we should set keff k. Pr 4200 and 102 Combined Natural Convection and Radiation
Gases are nearly transparent to radiation, and thus heat transfer through a gas
layer is by simultaneous convection (or conduction, if the gas is quiescent)
and radiation. Natural convection heat transfer coefficients are typically very
low compared to those for forced convection. Therefore, radiation is usually
disregarded in forced convection problems, but it must be considered in natural convection problems that involve a gas. This is especially the case for
surfaces with high emissivities. For example, about half of the heat transfer
through the air space of a double pane window is by radiation. The total
rate of heat transfer is determined by adding the convection and radiation
components,
·
Q total ·
Q conv ·
Q rad Lc (960) where the geometric factor for concentric spheres Fsph is
Fsph Di , Ti (959) where Lc (Do Di)/2 is the characteristic length. The recommended relation for effective thermal conductivity is [Raithby and Hollands (1975), Ref. 28]
keff
k D0 , T0 (962) FIGURE 9–28
Two concentric isothermal spheres. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 482 482
HEAT TRANSFER Radiation heat transfer from a surface at temperature Ts surrounded by surfaces
at a temperature Tsurr (both in absolute temperature unit K) is determined from
·
Q rad As(Ts4 4
Tsurr) (W) (963) where is the emissivity of the surface, As is the surface area, and
5.67
10 8 W/m2 K4 is the Stefan–Boltzmann constant.
When the end effects are negligible, radiation heat transfer between two
large parallel plates at absolute temperatures T1 and T2 is expressed as (see
Chapter 12 for details)
·
Q rad As(T 4 T 4 )
1
2
1/ 1 1/ 2 1 effective 4
As(T 1 T4)
2 where 1 and 2 are the emissivities of the plates, and
emissivity defined as
effective 1/ 1 1
1/ 2 (W) effective (964) is the effective 1 (965) The emissivity of an ordinary glass surface, for example, is 0.84. Therefore,
the effective emissivity of two parallel glass surfaces facing each other is 0.72.
Radiation heat transfer between concentric cylinders and spheres is discussed
in Chapter 12.
Note that in some cases the temperature of the surrounding medium may be
Ts), while the temperature of the surbelow the surface temperature (T
rounding surfaces is above the surface temperature (Tsurr Ts). In such cases,
convection and radiation heat transfers are subtracted from each other instead
of being added since they are in opposite directions. Also, for a metal surface,
the radiation effect can be reduced to negligible levels by polishing the surface
and thus lowering the surface emissivity to a value near zero. EXAMPLE 9–4
Glass H = 0.8 m Air L = 2 cm Glass Heat Loss through a DoublePane Window The vertical 0.8mhigh, 2mwide doublepane window shown in Fig. 9–29
consists of two sheets of glass separated by a 2cm air gap at atmospheric pressure. If the glass surface temperatures across the air gap are measured to be
12˚C and 2˚C, determine the rate of heat transfer through the window. SOLUTION Two glasses of a doublepane window are maintained at specified
temperatures. The rate of heat transfer through the window is to be determined.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 Air is an ideal gas. 3 Radiation heat transfer is not considered.
Properties The properties of air at the average temperature of Tave
(T1
T2)/2 (12 2)/2 7˚C and 1 atm pressure are (Table A15)
k 0.02416 W/m ˚C
1.399 FIGURE 9–29
Schematic for Example 9–4. 10 5 m2/s Pr 0.7344
1
1
Tave 280 K Analysis We have a rectangular enclosure filled with air. The characteristic
length in this case is the distance between the two glasses, L 0.02 m. Then
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CHAPTER 9 RaL T2)L3 g (T1
2 v
(9.81 m/s2)[1/(280 K)](12 2 K)(0.02 m)3
(0.7344)
(1.399 10 5 m 2 /s)2 1.051 104 The aspect ratio of the geometry is H/L
0.8/0.02
40. Then the Nusselt
number in this case can be determined from Eq. 954 to be
1/4
0.42Ra L Pr 0.012 Nu 0.3 H
L 104)1/4(0.7344)0.012 0.42(1.051 0.8
0.02 0.3 1.401 Then, As H W (0.8 m)(2 m) 1.6 m2 and ·
Q hAs(T1 T2) kNuAs T2 T1
L (0.02416 W/m ˚C)(1.401)(1.6 m2) (12 2)ºC
0.02 m 27.1 W Therefore, heat will be lost through the window at a rate of 27.1 W.
Discussion Recall that a Nusselt number of Nu
1 for an enclosure corresponds to pure conduction heat transfer through the enclosure. The air in the
enclosure in this case remains still, and no natural convection currents occur in
the enclosure. The Nusselt number in our case is 1.32, which indicates that
heat transfer through the enclosure is 1.32 times that by pure conduction. The
increase in heat transfer is due to the natural convection currents that develop
in the enclosure.
D0 = 30 cm
T0 = 280 K EXAMPLE 9–5 Heat Transfer through a Spherical Enclosure The two concentric spheres of diameters Di 20 cm and Do 30 cm shown in
Fig. 9–30 are separated by air at 1 atm pressure. The surface temperatures of
the two spheres enclosing the air are Ti 320 K and To 280 K, respectively.
Determine the rate of heat transfer from the inner sphere to the outer sphere by
natural convection. Lc = 5 cm Di = 20 cm
Ti = 320 K SOLUTION Two surfaces of a spherical enclosure are maintained at specified FIGURE 9–30 temperatures. The rate of heat transfer through the enclosure is to be determined.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 Air is an ideal gas. 3 Radiation heat transfer is not considered.
Properties The properties of air at the average temperature of Tave (Ti To)/2
(320 280)/2 300 K 27˚C and 1 atm pressure are (Table A15) Schematic for Example 9–5. k 0.02566 W/m ˚C
1.580 10 5 m2/s Pr 0.7290
1
1
Tave 300 K cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 484 484
HEAT TRANSFER Analysis We have a spherical enclosure filled with air. The characteristic
length in this case is the distance between the two spheres, Lc (Do Di)/2 (0.3 0.2)/2 0.05 m The Rayleigh number is To)L 3 g (Ti RaL Pr
v
(9.81 m/s2)[1/(300 K)](320 280 K)(0.05 m)3
(0.729)
(1.58 10 5 m2/s)2
2 105 4.776 The effective thermal conductivity is Lc Fsph D o 7 /5) 5
0.05 m
[(0.2 m)(0.3 m)]4[(0.2 m 7/5
(Di Do ) 4(D i 0.74k keff Pr
0.861 Pr 7 /5 1/4 (0.3 m) 7/5 5 0.005229 (FsphRaL)1/4 0.74(0.02566 W/m ˚C) 0.729
(0.005229
0.861 0.729 4.776 105)1/4 0.1104 W/m ˚C
Then the rate of heat transfer between the spheres becomes ·
Q keff Di Do
(Ti
Lc To) (0.1104 W/m ˚C) (0.2 m)(0.3 m)
(320
0.05 m 280)K 16.7 W Therefore, heat will be lost from the inner sphere to the outer one at a rate of
16.7 W.
Discussion Note that the air in the spherical enclosure will act like a stationary fluid whose thermal conductivity is keff/k
0.1104/0.02566
4.3 times
that of air as a result of natural convection currents. Also, radiation heat transfer between spheres is usually very significant, and should be considered in a
complete analysis.
Solar
energy Glass cover EXAMPLE 9–6
70°F
4 in. 2 in. Aluminum tube
Water FIGURE 9–31
Schematic for Example 9–6. Heating Water in a Tube by Solar Energy A solar collector consists of a horizontal aluminum tube having an outer diameter of 2 in. enclosed in a concentric thin glass tube of 4in.diameter (Fig.
9–31). Water is heated as it flows through the tube, and the annular space between the aluminum and the glass tubes is filled with air at 1 atm pressure.
The pump circulating the water fails during a clear day, and the water temperature in the tube starts rising. The aluminum tube absorbs solar radiation
at a rate of 30 Btu/h per foot length, and the temperature of the ambient air
outside is 70˚F. Disregarding any heat loss by radiation, determine the temperature of the aluminum tube when steady operation is established (i.e.,
when the rate of heat loss from the tube equals the amount of solar energy
gained by the tube). cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 485 485
CHAPTER 9 SOLUTION The circulating pump of a solar collector that consists of a horizontal tube and its glass cover fails. The equilibrium temperature of the tube is
to be determined.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 The tube and its cover are
isothermal. 3 Air is an ideal gas. 4 Heat loss by radiation is negligible.
Properties The properties of air should be evaluated at the average temperature. But we do not know the exit temperature of the air in the duct, and thus
we cannot determine the bulk fluid and glass cover temperatures at this point,
and thus we cannot evaluate the average temperatures. Therefore, we will assume the glass temperature to be 110˚F, and use properties at an anticipated
average temperature of (70 110)/2 90˚F (Table A15E),
k 0.01505 Btu/h ft ˚F
0.6310 ft2/h 1.753 Pr
10 4 0.7275
1
Tave ft2/s 1
550 K Analysis We have a horizontal cylindrical enclosure filled with air at 1 atm
pressure. The problem involves heat transfer from the aluminum tube to the
glass cover and from the outer surface of the glass cover to the surrounding ambient air. When steady operation is reached, these two heat transfer rates must
equal the rate of heat gain. That is, ·
Q tubeglass ·
Q glassambient ·
Q so1ar gain 30 Btu/h (per foot of tube) The heat transfer surface area of the glass cover is Ao Aglass ( Do L) (4/12 ft)(1 ft) 1.047 ft2 (per foot of tube) To determine the Rayleigh number, we need to know the surface temperature of
the glass, which is not available. Therefore, it is clear that the solution will require a trialanderror approach. Assuming the glass cover temperature to be
100˚F, the Rayleigh number, the Nusselt number, the convection heat transfer
coefficient, and the rate of natural convection heat transfer from the glass cover
to the ambient air are determined to be
3
T )Do g (Ts RaDo Pr
v
(32.2 ft/s2)[1/(550 R)](110 70 R)(4/12 ft)3
(0.7275)
(1.753 10 4 ft2/s)2
2 Nu 0.6 [1 0.387 Ra 1/6
D
(0.559/Pr)9/16 ] 8/27 2 0.6 2.054 106 0.387(2.054 106 )1/6
[1 (0.559/0.7275)9/16]8/27 2 17.89
ho
·
Qo k
Nu
D0
hoAo(To 0.0150 Btu/h ft ºF
(17.89)
4/12 ft
T) 0.8075 Btu/h ft2 ˚F (0.8075 Btu/h ft2 ˚F)(1.047 ft2)(110 70)˚F 33.8 Btu/h
which is more than 30 Btu/h. Therefore, the assumed temperature of 110˚F for
the glass cover is high. Repeating the calculations with lower temperatures, the
glass cover temperature corresponding to 30 Btu/h is determined to be 106˚F. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 486 486
HEAT TRANSFER The temperature of the aluminum tube is determined in a similar manner using the natural convection relations for two horizontal concentric cylinders. The
characteristic length in this case is the distance between the two cylinders,
which is Lc (Do Di)/2 (4 2)/2 1 in. 1/12 ft We start the calculations by assuming the tube temperature to be 200˚F, and
thus an average temperature of (106
200)/2
154˚F
614 R. This gives To)L3
c g (Ti RaL Pr
v2
2
(32.2 ft/s )[1/614 R)](200 106 R)(1/12 ft)3
(0.7184)
(2.117 10 4 ft2/s)2 4.579 104 The effective thermal conductivity is Fcyl keff 0.386k [ln(Do /Di )]4
L3 (Di 3 /5 Do 3 /5) 5
c
[ln(4/2)]4
(1/12 ft)3[(2/12 ft) 3/5 (4/12 ft) Pr
0.861 Pr 1/4 0.1466 3/5 5 (FcylRaL)1/4 0.386(0.01653 Btu/h ft ˚F) 0.7184
(0.1466
0.861 0.7184 4.579 104)1/4 0.04743 Btu/h ft ˚F
Then the rate of heat transfer between the cylinders becomes ·
Q 2 keff
(T
To)
ln(Do /Di ) i
2 (0.04743 Btu/h ft ºF)
(200
ln(4/2) 106)˚F 40.4 Btu/h which is more than 30 Btu/h. Therefore, the assumed temperature of 200˚F for
the tube is high. By trying other values, the tube temperature corresponding to
30 Btu/h is determined to be 180˚F. Therefore, the tube will reach an equilibrium temperature of 180˚F when the pump fails.
Discussion Note that we have not considered heat loss by radiation in the calculations, and thus the tube temperature determined above is probably too
high. This problem is considered again in Chapter 12 by accounting for the effect of radiation heat transfer. 9–6 I COMBINED NATURAL AND FORCED
CONVECTION The presence of a temperature gradient in a fluid in a gravity field always
gives rise to natural convection currents, and thus heat transfer by natural
convection. Therefore, forced convection is always accompanied by natural
convection. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 487 487
CHAPTER 9 10 1.0
Nux/Rex1/2 We mentioned earlier that the convection heat transfer coefficient, natural or
forced, is a strong function of the fluid velocity. Heat transfer coefficients
encountered in forced convection are typically much higher than those encountered in natural convection because of the higher fluid velocities associated with forced convection. As a result, we tend to ignore natural convection
in heat transfer analyses that involve forced convection, although we recognize that natural convection always accompanies forced convection. The error
involved in ignoring natural convection is negligible at high velocities but
may be considerable at low velocities associated with forced convection.
Therefore, it is desirable to have a criterion to assess the relative magnitude of
natural convection in the presence of forced convection.
For a given fluid, it is observed that the parameter Gr/Re2 represents the importance of natural convection relative to forced convection. This is not
surprising since the convection heat transfer coefficient is a strong function of
the Reynolds number Re in forced convection and the Grashof number Gr in
natural convection.
A plot of the nondimensionalized heat transfer coefficient for combined natural and forced convection on a vertical plate is given in Fig. 9–32 for different fluids. We note from this figure that natural convection is negligible when
Gr/Re2 0.1, forced convection is negligible when Gr/Re2 10, and neither
10. Therefore, both natural and forced
is negligible when 0.1
Gr/Re2
convection must be considered in heat transfer calculations when the Gr and
Re2 are of the same order of magnitude (one is within a factor of 10 times the
other). Note that forced convection is small relative to natural convection only
in the rare case of extremely low forced flow velocities.
Natural convection may help or hurt forced convection heat transfer, depending on the relative directions of buoyancyinduced and the forced convection motions (Fig. 9–33): Experiment
Approximate solution
Pure forced convection
Pure free convection
100
10
Pr = 0.72 (air) 0.1
0.03
0.01
Pr = 0.003 0.01
0.01 0.1 1.0 10 Grx /Rex2 FIGURE 9–32
Variation of the local Nusselt number
NUx for combined natural and forced
convection from a hot isothermal
vertical plate (from Lloyd and
Sparrow, Ref. 25). Hot plate
Cold plate
Buoyant
flow
Buoyant
flow Forced
flow
(a) Assisting flow Buoyant
flow
Forced
flow Forced
flow
(b) Opposing flow (c) Transverse flow FIGURE 9–33
Natural convection can enhance or inhibit heat transfer, depending on the relative
directions of buoyancyinduced motion and the forced convection motion. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 488 488
HEAT TRANSFER 1. In assisting flow, the buoyant motion is in the same direction as the
forced motion. Therefore, natural convection assists forced convection
and enhances heat transfer. An example is upward forced flow over a
hot surface.
2. In opposing flow, the buoyant motion is in the opposite direction to the
forced motion. Therefore, natural convection resists forced convection
and decreases heat transfer. An example is upward forced flow over a
cold surface.
3. In transverse flow, the buoyant motion is perpendicular to the forced
motion. Transverse flow enhances fluid mixing and thus enhances heat
transfer. An example is horizontal forced flow over a hot or cold
cylinder or sphere.
When determining heat transfer under combined natural and forced convection conditions, it is tempting to add the contributions of natural and forced
convection in assisting flows and to subtract them in opposing flows. However, the evidence indicates differently. A review of experimental data suggests a correlation of the form
Nucombined (Nun
forced Nun )1/n
natural (9–41) where Nuforced and Nunatural are determined from the correlations for pure
forced and pure natural convection, respectively. The plus sign is for assisting
and transverse flows and the minus sign is for opposing flows. The value of
the exponent n varies between 3 and 4, depending on the geometry involved.
It is observed that n
3 correlates experimental data for vertical surfaces
well. Larger values of n are better suited for horizontal surfaces.
A question that frequently arises in the cooling of heatgenerating equipment such as electronic components is whether to use a fan (or a pump if the
cooling medium is a liquid)—that is, whether to utilize natural or forced convection in the cooling of the equipment. The answer depends on the maximum
allowable operating temperature. Recall that the convection heat transfer rate
from a surface at temperature Ts in a medium at T is given by
·
Q conv hAs(Ts T )
where h is the convection heat transfer coefficient and As is the surface area.
Note that for a fixed value of power dissipation and surface area, h and Ts are
inversely proportional. Therefore, the device will operate at a higher temperature when h is low (typical of natural convection) and at a lower temperature
when h is high (typical of forced convection).
Natural convection is the preferred mode of heat transfer since no blowers
or pumps are needed and thus all the problems associated with these, such as
noise, vibration, power consumption, and malfunctioning, are avoided. Natural convection is adequate for cooling lowpoweroutput devices, especially
when they are attached to extended surfaces such as heat sinks. For highpoweroutput devices, however, we have no choice but to use a blower or a
pump to keep the operating temperature below the maximum allowable level.
For veryhighpoweroutput devices, even forced convection may not be sufficient to keep the surface temperature at the desirable levels. In such cases,
we may have to use boiling and condensation to take advantage of the very
high heat transfer coefficients associated with phase change processes. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:25 PM Page 489 489
CHAPTER 9 TOPIC OF SCPECIAL INTEREST* Heat Transfer Through Windows
Windows are glazed apertures in the building envelope that typically consist of single or multiple glazing (glass or plastic), framing, and shading. In
a building envelope, windows offer the least resistance to heat flow. In a
typical house, about onethird of the total heat loss in winter occurs through
the windows. Also, most air infiltration occurs at the edges of the windows.
The solar heat gain through the windows is responsible for much of the
cooling load in summer. The net effect of a window on the heat balance of
a building depends on the characteristics and orientation of the window as
well as the solar and weather data. Workmanship is very important in the
construction and installation of windows to provide effective sealing
around the edges while allowing them to be opened and closed easily.
Despite being so undesirable from an energy conservation point of view,
windows are an essential part of any building envelope since they enhance
the appearance of the building, allow daylight and solar heat to come in,
and allow people to view and observe outside without leaving their home.
For lowrise buildings, windows also provide easy exit areas during emergencies such as fire. Important considerations in the selection of windows
are thermal comfort and energy conservation. A window should have a
good light transmittance while providing effective resistance to heat flow.
The lighting requirements of a building can be minimized by maximizing
the use of natural daylight. Heat loss in winter through the windows can be
minimized by using airtight double or triplepane windows with spectrally
selective films or coatings, and letting in as much solar radiation as possible. Heat gain and thus cooling load in summer can be minimized by using
effective internal or external shading on the windows.
Even in the absence of solar radiation and air infiltration, heat transfer
through the windows is more complicated than it appears to be. This is because the structure and properties of the frame are quite different than the
glazing. As a result, heat transfer through the frame and the edge section of
the glazing adjacent to the frame is twodimensional. Therefore, it is customary to consider the window in three regions when analyzing heat transfer
through it: (1) the centerofglass, (2) the edgeofglass, and (3) the frame regions, as shown in Figure 9–34. Then the total rate of heat transfer through
the window is determined by adding the heat transfer through each region as
·
·
·
·
Q window Q center Q edge Q frame
Uwindow Awindow (Tindoors Toutdoors) (967) where
Uwindow (Ucenter Acenter Uedge Aedge Uframe Aframe)/Awindow Frame
Glazing
(glass or plastic) Edge of glass
Center of glass (968) is the Ufactor or the overall heat transfer coefficient of the window;
Awindow is the window area; Acenter, Aedge, and Aframe are the areas of the *This section can be skipped without a loss of continuity. FIGURE 9–34
The three regions of a window
considered in heat transfer analysis. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 490 490
HEAT TRANSFER Glass center, edge, and frame sections of the window, respectively; and Ucenter,
Uedge, and Uframe are the heat transfer coefficients for the center, edge, and
frame sections of the window. Note that Awindow Acenter Aedge Aframe,
and the overall Ufactor of the window is determined from the areaweighed Ufactors of each region of the window. Also, the inverse of the
Ufactor is the Rvalue, which is the unit thermal resistance of the window
(thermal resistance for a unit area).
Consider steady onedimensional heat transfer through a singlepane glass
of thickness L and thermal conductivity k. The thermal resistance network
of this problem consists of surface resistances on the inner and outer surfaces and the conduction resistance of the glass in series, as shown in Figure
9–35, and the total resistance on a unit area basis can be expressed as L
hi k Rinside Rglass 1
—
hi Ti L
—
k Rtotal
Routside T
o
1
—
ho FIGURE 9–35
The thermal resistance network for
heat transfer through a single glass. Glass Air
space
Rinside Rspace 1
—
hi 1
——
hspace Rglass Routside ho Routside T
o
1
—
ho 1
ho (969) 0.003 m
1
1
8.29 W/m2 · °C 0.92 W/m · °C 34.0 W/m2 · °C
0.121 0.003 0.029 0.153 m2 · °C/W Note that the ratio of the glass resistance to the total resistance is
Rglass
Rtotal 0.003 m2 · °C/W
0.153 m2 · °C/W 2.0% That is, the glass layer itself contributes about 2 percent of the total thermal resistance of the window, which is negligible. The situation would
not be much different if we used acrylic, whose thermal conductivity is
0.19 W/m · °C, instead of glass. Therefore, we cannot reduce the heat transfer through the window effectively by simply increasing the thickness of
the glass. But we can reduce it by trapping still air between two layers of
glass. The result is a doublepane window, which has become the norm in
window construction.
0.025
The thermal conductivity of air at room temperature is kair
W/m · °C, which is onethirtieth that of glass. Therefore, the thermal resistance of 1cmthick still air is equivalent to the thermal resistance of a 30cmthick glass layer. Disregarding the thermal resistances of glass layers,
the thermal resistance and Ufactor of a doublepane window can be expressed as (Fig. 9–36)
1
Udoublepane (center region) FIGURE 9–36
The thermal resistance network
for heat transfer through the center
section of a doublepane window
(the resistances of the glasses
are neglected). Lglass
kglass 1
hi Using common values of 3 mm for the thickness and 0.92 W/m · °C for the
thermal conductivity of the glass and the winter design values of 8.29 and
34.0 W/m2 · °C for the inner and outer surface heat transfer coefficients, the
thermal resistance of the glass is determined to be
Rtotal Ti Rinside 1
hi 1
hspace 1
ho (970) where hspace hrad, space hconv, space is the combined radiation and convection heat transfer coefficient of the space trapped between the two glass
layers.
Roughly half of the heat transfer through the air space of a doublepane
window is by radiation and the other half is by conduction (or convection, cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 491 491
CHAPTER 9 if there is any air motion). Therefore, there are two ways to minimize hspace
and thus the rate of heat transfer through a doublepane window:
1. Minimize radiation heat transfer through the air space. This can be
done by reducing the emissivity of glass surfaces by coating them with
lowemissivity (or “lowe” for short) material. Recall that the effective
emissivity of two parallel plates of emissivities 1 and 2 is given by
effective 1/ 1 1
1/ 2 (971) 1 The emissivity of an ordinary glass surface is 0.84. Therefore, the effective
emissivity of two parallel glass surfaces facing each other is 0.72. But
when the glass surfaces are coated with a film that has an emissivity of 0.1,
the effective emissivity reduces to 0.05, which is onefourteenth of 0.72.
Then for the same surface temperatures, radiation heat transfer will also go
down by a factor of 14. Even if only one of the surfaces is coated, the overall emissivity reduces to 0.1, which is the emissivity of the coating. Thus it
is no surprise that about onefourth of all windows sold for residences have
a lowe coating. The heat transfer coefficient hspace for the air space trapped
between the two vertical parallel glass layers is given in Table 9–3 for
1
13mm (2 in.) and 6mm (1 in.) thick air spaces for various effective
4
emissivities and temperature differences.
It can be shown that coating just one of the two parallel surfaces facing
each other by a material of emissivity reduces the effective emissivity
nearly to . Therefore, it is usually more economical to coat only one of the
facing surfaces. Note from Figure 9–37 that coating one of the interior surfaces of a doublepane window with a material having an emissivity of 0.1 TABLE 9–3
The heat transfer coefficient hspace for the air space trapped between the
two vertical parallel glass layers for 13mm and 6mmthick air spaces
(from Building Materials and Structures, Report 151, U.S. Dept. of
Commerce).
(a) Air space thickness 13 mm (b) Air space thickness 2 6 mm
2 hspace, W/m · °C* hspace, W/m · °C* Tave,
°C T,
°C 0.72 0.4 0.2 0.1 0
0
0 5
15
30 5.3
5.3
5.5 3.8
3.8
4.0 2.9
2.9
3.1 2.4
2.4
2.6 10
10
10 5
15
30 5.7
5.7
6.0 4.1
4.1
4.3 3.0
3.1
3.3 2.5
2.5
2.7 30
30
30 5
15
30 5.7
5.7
6.0 4.6
4.7
4.9 3.4
3.4
3.6 2.7
2.8
3.0 effective *Multiply by 0.176 to convert to Btu/h · ft2 · °F. Tave,
°C T,
°C 0.72 0.4 0.2 0.1 0
0 5
50 7.2
7.2 5.7
5.7 4.8
4.8 4.3
4.3 10
10 5
50 7.7
7.7 6.0
6.1 5.0
5.0 4.5
4.5 30
30 5
50 8.8
8.8 6.8
6.8 5.5
5.5 4.9
4.9 50
50 5
50 10.0
10.0 7.5
7.5 6.0
6.0 5.2
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HEAT TRANSFER
4.5 4.5
Gas fill in gap
Air
Argon
Krypton 4
3.5 2 1 0.5
0 3 ε = 0.10 on surface 2 or 3 Inner
glass 6
Inner
glass Gas fill in gap
Air
Argon
Krypton 2.5
ε = 0.84
2 1 4 Doublepane
glazing 2 0 Triplepane
glazing 1.5 Outer
glass 1 5
4 Outer
glass 3
Centerofglass
Ufactor, W/m2·K Centerofglass
Ufactor, W/m2·K 2 2.5 1.5 3 3.5 ε = 0.84 3 1 4 5 (a) Doublepane window 10
15
Gap width, mm 0.5 20 25 0 ε = 0.10 on surfaces
2 or 3 and 4 or 5
0 5 10
15
Gap width, mm 20 25 (b) Triplepane window FIGURE 9–37
The variation of the Ufactor for the center section of double and triplepane windows with uniform spacing between the
panes (from ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, Ref. 1, Chap. 27, Fig. 1). reduces the rate of heat transfer through the center section of the window
by half.
2. Minimize conduction heat transfer through air space. This can be done
by increasing the distance d between the two glasses. However, this cannot
be done indefinitely since increasing the spacing beyond a critical value
initiates convection currents in the enclosed air space, which increases the
heat transfer coefficient and thus defeats the purpose. Besides, increasing
the spacing also increases the thickness of the necessary framing and the
cost of the window. Experimental studies have shown that when the spacing d is less than about 13 mm, there is no convection, and heat transfer
through the air is by conduction. But as the spacing is increased further,
convection currents appear in the air space, and the increase in heat transfer coefficient offsets any benefit obtained by the thicker air layer. As a result, the heat transfer coefficient remains nearly constant, as shown in
Figure 9–37. Therefore, it makes no sense to use an air space thicker than
13 mm in a doublepane window unless a thin polyester film is used to divide the air space into two halves to suppress convection currents. The film
provides added insulation without adding much to the weight or cost of the
doublepane window. The thermal resistance of the window can be increased further by using triple or quadruplepane windows whenever it is
economical to do so. Note that using a triplepane window instead of a doublepane reduces the rate of heat transfer through the center section of the
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CHAPTER 9 Another way of reducing conduction heat transfer through a doublepane
window is to use a lessconducting fluid such as argon or krypton to fill the
gap between the glasses instead of air. The gap in this case needs to be well
sealed to prevent the gas from leaking outside. Of course, another alternative is to evacuate the gap between the glasses completely, but it is not
practical to do so. EdgeofGlass UFactor of a Window Frame UFactor
The framing of a window consists of the entire window except the glazing.
Heat transfer through the framing is difficult to determine because of the
different window configurations, different sizes, different constructions,
and different combination of materials used in the frame construction. The
type of glazing such as single pane, double pane, and triple pane affects the
thickness of the framing and thus heat transfer through the frame. Most
frames are made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, or fiberglass. However, using a
combination of these materials (such as aluminumclad wood and vinylclad aluminum) is also common to improve appearance and durability.
Aluminum is a popular framing material because it is inexpensive,
durable, and easy to manufacture, and does not rot or absorb water like
wood. However, from a heat transfer point of view, it is the least desirable
framing material because of its high thermal conductivity. It will come as
no surprise that the Ufactor of solid aluminum frames is the highest, and
thus a window with aluminum framing will lose much more heat than a
comparable window with wood or vinyl framing. Heat transfer through the
aluminum framing members can be reduced by using plastic inserts between components to serve as thermal barriers. The thickness of these inserts greatly affects heat transfer through the frame. For aluminum frames
without the plastic strips, the primary resistance to heat transfer is due to
the interior surface heat transfer coefficient. The Ufactors for various 5
Edgeofglass Ufactor, W/ m2·K The glasses in double and triplepane windows are kept apart from each
other at a uniform distance by spacers made of metals or insulators like
aluminum, fiberglass, wood, and butyl. Continuous spacer strips are placed
around the glass perimeter to provide an edge seal as well as uniform spacing. However, the spacers also serve as undesirable “thermal bridges”
between the glasses, which are at different temperatures, and this shortcircuiting may increase heat transfer through the window considerably.
Heat transfer in the edge region of a window is twodimensional, and lab
measurements indicate that the edge effects are limited to a 6.5cmwide
band around the perimeter of the glass.
The Ufactor for the edge region of a window is given in Figure 9–38
relative to the Ufactor for the center region of the window. The curve
would be a straight diagonal line if the two Uvalues were equal to each
other. Note that this is almost the case for insulating spacers such as wood
and fiberglass. But the Ufactor for the edge region can be twice that of the
center region for conducting spacers such as those made of aluminum. Values for steel spacers fall between the two curves for metallic and insulating
spacers. The edge effect is not applicable to singlepane windows. Spacer type
Metallic
Insulating
Ideal 4
3
2
1
0 0 1
2
3
4
Centerofglass Ufactor, W/m2·K 5 FIGURE 9–38
The edgeofglass Ufactor relative to
the centerofglass Ufactor for
windows with various spacers (from
ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals,
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HEAT TRANSFER frames are listed in Table 9–4 as a function of spacer materials and the
glazing unit thicknesses. Note that the Ufactor of metal framing and thus
the rate of heat transfer through a metal window frame is more than three
times that of a wood or vinyl window frame. TABLE 9–4
Representative frame Ufactors
for fixed vertical windows (from
ASHRAE Handbook of
Fundamentals, Ref. 1, Chap. 27,
Table 2)
Ufactor,
W/m2 · °C* Frame material Aluminum:
Single glazing (3 mm)
Double glazing (18 mm)
Triple glazing (33 mm) 10.1
10.1
10.1 Wood or vinyl:
Single glazing (3 mm)
Double glazing (18 mm)
Triple glazing (33 mm) 2.9
2.8
2.7 Interior and Exterior Surface Heat
Transfer Coefficients
Heat transfer through a window is also affected by the convection and radiation heat transfer coefficients between the glass surfaces and surroundings. The effects of convection and radiation on the inner and outer
surfaces of glazings are usually combined into the combined convection
and radiation heat transfer coefficients hi and ho, respectively. Under still
air conditions, the combined heat transfer coefficient at the inner surface of
a vertical window can be determined from
hi hconv hrad 1.77(Tg Ti)0.25 g (Tg4 Ti4)
Tg Ti *Multiply by 0.176 to convert to Btu/h · ft2 · °F (W/m2 · °C)
(972) where Tg glass temperature in K, Ti indoor air temperature in K, g
emissivity of the inner surface of the glass exposed to the room (taken to be
0.84 for uncoated glass), and
5.67 10 8 W/m2 · K4 is the Stefan–
Boltzmann constant. Here the temperature of the interior surfaces facing
the window is assumed to be equal to the indoor air temperature. This assumption is reasonable when the window faces mostly interior walls, but it
becomes questionable when the window is exposed to heated or cooled
surfaces or to other windows. The commonly used value of hi for peak load
calculation is
hi TABLE 9–5
Combined convection and
radiation heat transfer coefficient
hi at the inner surface of a vertical
glass under still air conditions
(in W/m2 · °C)*
Ti,
°C
20
20
20
20
20
20
20 Tg,
°C
17
15
10
5
0
5
10 Glass emissivity, g 0.05 0.20 0.84 2.6
2.9
3.4
3.7
4.0
4.2
4.4 3.5
3.8
4.2
4.5
4.8
5.0
5.1 7.1
7.3
7.7
7.9
8.1
8.2
8.3 *Multiply by 0.176 to convert to Btu/h · ft2 · °F. 8.29 W/m2 · °C 1.46 Btu/h · ft2 · °F (winter and summer) which corresponds to the winter design conditions of Ti
22°C and
7°C for uncoated glass with g 0.84. But the same value of hi can
Tg
also be used for summer design conditions as it corresponds to summer conditions of Ti 24°C and Tg 32°C. The values of hi for various temperatures and glass emissivities are given in Table 9–5. The commonly used
values of ho for peak load calculations are the same as those used for outer
wall surfaces (34.0 W/m2 · °C for winter and 22.7 W/m2 · °C for summer). Overall UFactor of Windows
The overall Ufactors for various kinds of windows and skylights are evaluated using computer simulations and laboratory testing for winter design
conditions; representative values are given in Table 9–6. Test data may provide more accurate information for specific products and should be preferred when available. However, the values listed in the table can be used
to obtain satisfactory results under various conditions in the absence of
productspecific data. The Ufactor of a fenestration product that differs
considerably from the ones in the table can be determined by (1) determining the fractions of the area that are frame, centerofglass, and edgeofglass (assuming a 65mmwide band around the perimeter of each glazing), cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 495 495
CHAPTER 9 TABLE 9–6
Overall Ufactors (heat transfer coefficients) for various windows and skylights in W/m2 · °C
(from ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, Ref. 1, Chap. 27, Table 5)
Aluminum frame
(without thermal
break) Glass section
(glazing) only
Type →
Frame width →
Spacer type → Centerofglass Edgeofglass (Not applicable)
— Metal Insul. 6.30
5.28
5.79 6.30
5.28
5.79 Double Glazing (no coating)
6.4 mm air space
3.24
12.7 mm air space
2.78
6.4 mm argon space
2.95
12.7 mm argon space 2.61 3.71
3.40
3.52
3.28 Double
Fixed
door
32 mm 53 mm
1
(14 in.) (2 in.) Sloped
skylight
19 mm
(3 in.)
4 Wood or vinyl frame
Fixed
41 mm
(15 in.)
8 Double
door
88 mm
7
(318 in.) Sloped
skylight
23 mm
7
(8 in.) All All All Metal Insul. Metal Insul. Metal Insul. —
—
— 6.63
5.69
6.16 7.16
6.27
6.71 9.88
8.86
9.94 5.93
5.02
5.48 —
—
— 5.57
4.77
5.17 —
—
— 7.57
6.57
7.63 —
—
— 3.34
2.91
3.07
2.76 3.90
3.51
3.66
3.36 4.55
4.18
4.32
4.04 6.70
6.65
6.47
6.47 3.26
2.88
3.03
2.74 3.16
2.76
2.91
2.61 3.20
2.86
2.98
2.73 3.09
2.74
2.87
2.60 4.37
4.32
4.14
4.14 4.22
4.17
3.97
3.97 Glazing Type
Single Glazing
3 mm (1 in.) glass
8
1
6.4 mm (4 in.) acrylic
3 mm (1 in.) acrylic
8 Double Glazing [
0.1, coating on one
inside)]
6.4 mm air space
2.44
3.16
12.7 mm air space
1.82
2.71
6.4 mm argon space
1.99
2.83
12.7 mm argon space 1.53
2.49
Triple Glazing (no coating)
6.4 mm air space
2.16
12.7 mm air space
1.76
6.4 mm argon space
1.93
12.7 mm argon space 1.65
Triple Glazing [
0.1, coating
inside)]
6.4 mm air space
1.53
12.7 mm air space
0.97
6.4 mm argon space
1.19
12.7 mm argon space 0.80 2.96
2.67
2.79
2.58 of the surfaces of air space (surface 2 or 3, counting from the outside toward
2.60
2.06
2.21
1.83 3.21
2.67
2.82
2.42 3.89
3.37
3.52
3.14 6.04
6.04
5.62
5.71 2.59
2.06
2.21
1.82 2.46
1.92
2.07
1.67 2.60
2.13
2.26
1.91 2.47
1.99
2.12
1.78 3.73
3.73
3.32
3.41 3.53
3.53
3.09
3.19 2.35
2.02
2.16
1.92 2.97
2.62
2.77
2.52 3.66
3.33
3.47
3.23 5.81
5.67
5.57
5.53 2.34
2.01
2.15
1.91 2.18
1.84
1.99
1.74 2.36
2.07
2.19
1.98 2.21
1.91
2.04
1.82 3.48
3.34
3.25
3.20 3.24
3.09
3.00
2.95 on one of the surfaces of air spaces (surfaces 3 and 5, counting from the outside toward
2.49
2.05
2.23
1.92 1.83
1.38
1.56
1.25 2.42
1.92
2.12
1.77 3.14
2.66
2.85
2.51 5.24
5.10
4.90
4.86 1.81
1.33
1.52
1.18 1.64
1.15
1.35
1.01 1.89
1.46
1.64
1.33 1.73
1.30
1.47
1.17 2.92
2.78
2.59
2.55 2.66
2.52
2.33
2.28 Notes: (1) Multiply by 0.176 to obtain Ufactors in Btu/h · ft2 · °F.
(2) The Ufactors in this table include the effects of surface heat transfer coefficients and are based on winter conditions of 18°C outdoor
air and 21°C indoor air temperature, with 24 km/h (15 mph) winds outdoors and zero solar flux. Small changes in indoor and outdoor temperatures will not affect the overall Ufactors much. Windows are assumed to be vertical, and the skylights are tilted 20° from the horizontal
with upward heat flow. Insulation spacers are wood, fiberglass, or butyl. Edgeofglass effects are assumed to extend the 65mm band around
perimeter of each glazing. The product sizes are 1.2 m 1.8 m for fixed windows, 1.8 m 2.0 m for doubledoor windows, and 1.2 m 0.6
m for the skylights, but the values given can also be used for products of similar sizes. All data are based on 3mm (1 in.) glass unless noted
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HEAT TRANSFER (2) determining the Ufactors for each section (the centerofglass and
edgeofglass Ufactors can be taken from the first two columns of Table
9–6 and the frame Ufactor can be taken from Table 9–5 or other sources),
and (3) multiplying the area fractions and the Ufactors for each section
and adding them up (or from Eq. 968 for Uwindow).
Glazed wall systems can be treated as fixed windows. Also, the data for
doubledoor windows can be used for singleglass doors. Several observations can be made from the data in the table:
1. Skylight Ufactors are considerably greater than those of vertical
windows. This is because the skylight area, including the curb, can be
13 to 240 percent greater than the rough opening area. The slope of
the skylight also has some effect.
2. The Ufactor of multipleglazed units can be reduced considerably
by filling cavities with argon gas instead of dry air. The
performance of CO2filled units is similar to those filled with
argon. The Ufactor can be reduced even further by filling the
glazing cavities with krypton gas.
3. Coating the glazing surfaces with lowe (lowemissivity) films
reduces the Ufactor significantly. For multipleglazed units, it is
adequate to coat one of the two surfaces facing each other.
4. The thicker the air space in multipleglazed units, the lower the
Ufactor, for a thickness of up to 13 mm (1 in.) of air space. For a
2
specified number of glazings, the window with thicker air layers will
have a lower Ufactor. For a specified overall thickness of glazing,
the higher the number of glazings, the lower the Ufactor. Therefore,
a triplepane window with air spaces of 6.4 mm (two such air spaces)
will have a lower Uvalue than a doublepane window with an air
space of 12.7 mm.
5. Wood or vinyl frame windows have a considerably lower Uvalue
than comparable metalframe windows. Therefore, wood or vinyl
frame windows are called for in energyefficient designs. EXAMPLE 9–7
Glass
ε = 0.84
Air
space 1
—
hi 1
——
hspace 1
—
ho 6 mm FIGURE 9–39
Schematic of Example 9–7. U Factor for CenterofGlass Section of Windows Determine the Ufactor for the centerofglass section of a doublepane window
with a 6mm air space for winter design conditions (Fig. 9–39). The glazings
are made of clear glass that has an emissivity of 0.84. Take the average air
space temperature at design conditions to be 0°C. SOLUTION The Ufactor for the centerofglass section of a doublepane window is to be determined.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 Heat transfer through the
window is onedimensional. 3 The thermal resistance of glass sheets is negligible.
Properties The emissivity of clear glass is 0.84.
Analysis Disregarding the thermal resistance of glass sheets, which are small,
the Ufactor for the center region of a doublepane window is determined from
1
Ucenter 1
hi 1
hspace 1
ho cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 497 497
CHAPTER 9 where hi, hspace, and ho are the heat transfer coefficients at the inner surface of
the window, the air space between the glass layers, and the outer surface of the
window, respectively. The values of hi and ho for winter design conditions were
given earlier to be hi 8.29 W/m2 · °C and ho 34.0 W/m2 · °C. The effective
emissivity of the air space of the doublepane window is
effective 1/ 1 1
1/ 2 1 1/0.84 1
1/0.84 1 0.72 For this value of emissivity and an average air space temperature of 0°C,
we read hspace
7.2 W/m2 · °C from Table 9–3 for 6mmthick air space.
Therefore, 1
Ucenter 1
8.29 1
7.2 1
→ Ucenter
34.0 3.46 W/m2 · °C Discussion The centerofglass Ufactor value of 3.24 W/m2 · °C in Table 9–6
(fourth row and second column) is obtained by using a standard value of ho
29 W/m2 · °C (instead of 34.0 W/m2 · °C) and hspace 6.5 W/m2 · °C at an average air space temperature of 15°C. EXAMPLE 98 Heat Loss through Aluminum Framed Windows A fixed aluminumframed window with glass glazing is being considered for an
opening that is 4 ft high and 6 ft wide in the wall of a house that is maintained
at 72°F (Fig. 9–40). Determine the rate of heat loss through the window and
the inner surface temperature of the window glass facing the room when the
outdoor air temperature is 15°F if the window is selected to be (a) 1in. single
8
1
glazing, (b) double glazing with an air space of 2 in., and (c) lowecoated triple
glazing with an air space of 1 in.
2 SOLUTION The rate of heat loss through an aluminum framed window and the
inner surface temperature are to be determined from the cases of singlepane,
doublepane, and lowe triplepane windows.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 Heat transfer through the
window is onedimensional. 3 Thermal properties of the windows and the heat
transfer coefficients are constant.
Properties The Ufactors of the windows are given in Table 9–6.
Analysis The rate of heat transfer through the window can be determined from ·
Q window Uoverall Awindow(Ti Height Width (4 ft)(6 ft) 4 ft Aluminum
frame Glazing
(a) Single
(b) Double
(c) Lowe triple FIGURE 9–40
Schematic for Example 9–8. To) where Ti and To are the indoor and outdoor air temperatures, respectively; Uoverall
is the Ufactor (the overall heat transfer coefficient) of the window; and Awindow
is the window area, which is determined to be Awindow 6 ft 24 ft2 The Ufactors for the three cases can be determined directly from Table 9–6 to
be 6.63, 3.51, and 1.92 W/m2 · °C, respectively, to be multiplied by the factor
0.176 to convert them to Btu/h · ft2 · °F. Also, the inner surface temperature of
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HEAT TRANSFER ·
Q window Tglass) → Tglass hi Awindow (Ti Ti ·
Q window
hi A window where hi is the heat transfer coefficient on the inner surface of the window,
which is determined from Table 95 to be hi
8.3 W/m2 · °C
1.46 Btu/h ·
2
ft · °F. Then the rate of heat loss and the interior glass temperature for each
case are determined as follows:
(a) Single glazing: ·
Q window 0.176 Btu/h · ft2 · °F)(24 ft2)(72 15)°F 1596 Btu/h
·
Q window
1596 Btu/h
72°F
26.5°F
hi Awindow
(1.46 Btu/h · ft2 · °F)(24 ft2) (6.63 Tglass Ti (b) Double glazing (1 in. air space):
2 ·
Q window (3.51 Tglass Ti 0.176 Btu/h · ft2 · °F)(24 ft2)(72 ·
Q window
hi Awindow 72°F 15)°F 845 Btu/h 845 Btu/h
(1.46 Btu/h · ft2 · °F)(24 ft2) 47.9°F (c) Triple glazing (1 in. air space, lowe coated):
2 ·
Q window
Tglass (1.92 0.176 Btu/h · ft2 · °F)(24 ft2)(72 ·
Q window
hi Awindow Ti 72°F 15)°F 462 Btu/h 462 Btu/h
(1.46 Btu/h · ft2 · °F)(24 ft2) 58.8°F Therefore, heat loss through the window will be reduced by 47 percent in the
case of double glazing and by 71 percent in the case of triple glazing relative to
the singleglazing case. Also, in the case of single glazing, the low innerglass
surface temperature will cause considerable discomfort in the occupants because of the excessive heat loss from the body by radiation. It is raised from
26.5°F, which is below freezing, to 47.9°F in the case of double glazing and to
58.8°F in the case of triple glazing. Frame Edge
of glass Center
of glass EXAMPLE 9–9 U Factor of a DoubleDoor Window Determine the overall Ufactor for a doubledoortype, woodframed doublepane window with metal spacers, and compare your result to the value listed in
Table 9–6. The overall dimensions of the window are 1.80 m
2.00 m, and
the dimensions of each glazing are 1.72 m 0.94 m (Fig. 9–41). 1.8 m
1.72 m 0.94 m 0.94 m
2m FIGURE 9–41
Schematic for Example 9–9. SOLUTION The overall Ufactor for a doubledoor type window is to be determined, and the result is to be compared to the tabulated value.
Assumptions 1 Steady operating conditions exist. 2 Heat transfer through the
window is onedimensional.
Properties The Ufactors for the various sections of windows are given in
Tables 9–4 and 9–6.
Analysis The areas of the window, the glazing, and the frame are
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CHAPTER 9 Aglazing
Aframe 2 (Height Width) 2(1.72 m)(0.94 m)
Awindow Aglazing 3.60 3.23 0.37 m2 3.23 m2 The edgeofglass region consists of a 6.5cmwide band around the perimeter
of the glazings, and the areas of the center and edge sections of the glazing are
determined to be Acenter
Aedge 2 (Height Width)
Aglazing Acenter 3.23 2(1.72 0.13 m)(0.94
2.58 0.65 m2 0.13 m) 2.58 m2 The Ufactor for the frame section is determined from Table 9–4 to be
Uframe 2.8 W/m2 · °C. The Ufactors for the center and edge sections are determined from Table 9–6 (fifth row, second and third columns) to be Ucenter
3.24 W/m2 · °C and Uedge 3.71 W/m2 · °C. Then the overall Ufactor of the entire window becomes Uwindow (Ucenter Acenter
(3.24 2.58 Uedge Aedge Uframe Aframe)/Awindow
3.71 0.65 2.8 0.37)/3.60 3.28 W/m2 · °C
The overall Ufactor listed in Table 9–6 for the specified type of window is
3.20 W/m2 · °C, which is sufficiently close to the value obtained above. SUMMARY
In this chapter, we have considered natural convection heat
transfer where any fluid motion occurs by natural means such
as buoyancy. The volume expansion coefficient of a substance
represents the variation of the density of that substance with
temperature at constant pressure, and for an ideal gas, it is expressed as
1/T, where T is the absolute temperature in
K or R.
The flow regime in natural convection is governed by a dimensionless number called the Grashof number, which represents the ratio of the buoyancy force to the viscous force acting
on the fluid and is expressed as
GrL ture of Tf 1(Ts T ). The outer surface of a vertical cylinder
2
can be treated as a vertical plate when the curvature effects are
negligible. The characteristic length for a horizontal surface is
Lc As/p, where As is the surface area and p is the perimeter.
The average Nusselt number for vertical isothermal parallel
plates of spacing S and height L is given as
Nu v2 where Lc is the characteristic length, which is the height L for
a vertical plate and the diameter D for a horizontal cylinder.
The correlations for the Nusselt number Nu hLc /k in natural
convection are expressed in terms of the Rayleigh number
defined as
g (Ts T )L3
c
Pr
RaL GrL Pr
v2
Nusselt number relations for various surfaces are given in
Table 9–1. All fluid properties are evaluated at the film tempera 576
(Ra S S / L)2 2.873
(Ra S S /L )0.5 0.5 The optimum fin spacing for a vertical heat sink and the Nusselt number for optimally spaced fins is T )L3
c g (Ts hS
k Sopt 2.714 S 3L
Ra S 0.25 2.714 L
and Nu
Ra 0.25
L hSopt
k 1.307 In a horizontal rectangular enclosure with the hotter plate at
the top, heat transfer is by pure conduction and Nu 1. When
the hotter plate is at the bottom, the Nusselt is
Nu 1 1.44 1 1708
Ra L Ra 1/3
L
18 1 RaL 108 The notation [ ] indicates that if the quantity in the bracket is
negative, it should be set equal to zero. For vertical horizontal
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HEAT TRANSFER Nu Nu 0.18 0.22 Pr
0.2 Pr 0.29 0.28 Pr
0.2 Ra L Pr Ra L H
L 1 H/L 2
any Prandtl number
RaL Pr/(0.2 Pr) 10 3
1/4 2 H / L 10
any Prandtl number
RaL 1010 For aspect ratios greater than 10, Eqs. 954 and 955 should be
used. For inclined enclosures, Eqs. 948 through 951 should
be used.
For concentric horizontal cylinders, the rate of heat transfer
through the annular space between the cylinders by natural
convection per unit length is
·
Q 2 k eff
(T
ln(Do /Di ) i To) where
keff
k 0.386 Fcyl [ln(Do /Di )]4
L3(D i 3 /5 Do 3 /5)5
c Pr
0.861 Pr 1/4 (FcylRaL)1/4 and For a spherical enclosure, the rate of heat transfer through
the space between the spheres by natural convection is expressed as
·
Q keff Di Do
(Ti
Lc To) where
keff
k 0.74 Lc (Do Fsph Pr
0.861 Pr Di)/2
Lc
(Di Do ) 4(D i 7/5 1/4 (FsphRaL)1/4 Do 7/5)5 The quantity kNu is called the effective thermal conductivity of
the enclosure, since a fluid in an enclosure behaves like a quiescent fluid whose thermal conductivity is kNu as a result of
convection currents. The fluid properties are evaluated at the
average temperature of (Ti To)/2.
For a given fluid, the parameter Gr/Re2 represents the importance of natural convection relative to forced convection.
0.1, forced
Natural convection is negligible when Gr/Re2
convection is negligible when Gr/Re2 10, and neither is negligible when 0.1 Gr/Re2 10. REFERENCES AND SUGGESTED READING
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22. M. Jakob. Heat Transfer. New York: Wiley, 1949. PROBLEMS*
Physical Mechanism of Natural Convection
9–1C What is natural convection? How does it differ from
forced convection? What force causes natural convection
currents?
9–2C In which mode of heat transfer is the convection heat
transfer coefficient usually higher, natural convection or forced
convection? Why?
9–3C Consider a hot boiled egg in a spacecraft that is filled
with air at atmospheric pressure and temperature at all times. Will the egg cool faster or slower when the spacecraft is in
space instead of on the ground? Explain.
*Problems designated by a “C” are concept questions, and
students are encouraged to answer them all. Problems designated
by an “E” are in English units, and the SI users can ignore them.
Problems with an EESCD icon
are solved using EES, and
complete solutions together with parametric studies are included
on the enclosed CD. Problems with a computerEES icon
are
comprehensive in nature, and are intended to be solved with a
computer, preferably using the EES software that accompanies
this text. cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 502 502
HEAT TRANSFER 9–4C What is buoyancy force? Compare the relative magnitudes of the buoyancy force acting on a body immersed in
these mediums: (a) air, (b) water, (c) mercury, and (d) an evacuated chamber. regarding any heat transfer from the base surface, determine
the surface temperature of the transistor. Use air properties at
100°C.
Answer: 183°C 9–5C When will the hull of a ship sink in water deeper: when
the ship is sailing in fresh water or in sea water? Why? 35°C 9–6C A person weighs himself on a waterproof spring scale
placed at the bottom of a 1mdeep swimming pool. Will the
person weigh more or less in water? Why? Power
transistor
0.18 W
ε = 0.1 9–7C Consider two fluids, one with a large coefficient of
volume expansion and the other with a small one. In what fluid
will a hot surface initiate stronger natural convection currents?
Why? Assume the viscosity of the fluids to be the same.
9–8C Consider a fluid whose volume does not change with
temperature at constant pressure. What can you say about natural convection heat transfer in this medium?
9–9C What do the lines on an interferometer photograph represent? What do closely packed lines on the same photograph
represent?
9–10C Physically, what does the Grashof number represent?
How does the Grashof number differ from the Reynolds
number?
9–11 Show that the volume expansion coefficient of an ideal
gas is
1/T, where T is the absolute temperature. Natural Convection over Surfaces
9–12C How does the Rayleigh number differ from the
Grashof number?
9–13C Under what conditions can the outer surface of a vertical cylinder be treated as a vertical plate in natural convection
calculations?
9–14C Will a hot horizontal plate whose back side is insulated cool faster or slower when its hot surface is facing down
instead of up?
9–15C Consider laminar natural convection from a vertical
hot plate. Will the heat flux be higher at the top or at the bottom
of the plate? Why?
9–16 A 10mlong section of a 6cmdiameter horizontal hot
water pipe passes through a large room whose temperature is
22°C. If the temperature and the emissivity of the outer surface of the pipe are 65°C and 0.8, respectively, determine the
rate of heat loss from the pipe by (a) natural convection and
(b) radiation.
9–17 Consider a wallmounted power transistor that dissipates 0.18 W of power in an environment at 35°C. The transistor is 0.45 cm long and has a diameter of 0.4 cm. The
emissivity of the outer surface of the transistor is 0.1, and the
average temperature of the surrounding surfaces is 25°C. Dis 0.4 cm 0.45 cm FIGURE P9–17 9–18 Reconsider Problem 9–17. Using EES (or other)
software, investigate the effect of ambient temperature on the surface temperature of the transistor. Let the environment temperature vary from 10˚C to 40˚C and assume
that the surrounding surfaces are 10˚C colder than the environment temperature. Plot the surface temperature of the transistor
versus the environment temperature, and discuss the results.
9–19E Consider a 2ft 2ft thin square plate in a room at
75°F. One side of the plate is maintained at a temperature of
130°F, while the other side is insulated. Determine the rate of
heat transfer from the plate by natural convection if the plate
is (a) vertical, (b) horizontal with hot surface facing up, and
(c) horizontal with hot surface facing down.
9–20E Reconsider Problem 9–19E. Using EES (or
other) software, plot the rate of natural convection heat transfer for different orientations of the plate as a
function of the plate temperature as the temperature varies
from 80˚F to 180˚F, and discuss the results.
9–21 A 400W cylindrical resistance heater is 1 m long and
0.5 cm in diameter. The resistance wire is placed horizontally
in a fluid at 20°C. Determine the outer surface temperature of
the resistance wire in steady operation if the fluid is (a) air and
(b) water. Ignore any heat transfer by radiation. Use properties
at 500°C for air and 40°C for water.
9–22 Water is boiling in a 12cmdeep pan with an outer diameter of 25 cm that is placed on top of a stove. The ambient
air and the surrounding surfaces are at a temperature of 25°C,
and the emissivity of the outer surface of the pan is 0.95. Assuming the entire pan to be at an average temperature of 98°C,
determine the rate of heat loss from the cylindrical side surface
of the pan to the surroundings by (a) natural convection and
(b) radiation. (c) If water is boiling at a rate of 2 kg/h at 100°C, cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 503 503
CHAPTER 9 determine the ratio of the heat lost from the side surfaces of the
pan to that by the evaporation of water. The heat of
vaporization of water at 100°C is 2257 kJ/kg.
Answers: 46.2 W, 56.1 W, 0.082
Vapor
2 kg/h
25°C Water
100°C 98°C
ε = 0.95 FIGURE P9–22 radiation. An estimate is obtained from a local insulation contractor, who proposes to do the insulation job for $350, including materials and labor. Would you support this proposal? How
long will it take for the insulation to pay for itself from the energy it saves?
9–26 Consider a 15cm
20cm printed circuit board
(PCB) that has electronic components on one side. The board
is placed in a room at 20°C. The heat loss from the back surface of the board is negligible. If the circuit board is dissipating 8 W of power in steady operation, determine the average
temperature of the hot surface of the board, assuming the
board is (a) vertical, (b) horizontal with hot surface facing up,
and (c) horizontal with hot surface facing down. Take the
emissivity of the surface of the board to be 0.8 and assume the
surrounding surfaces to be at the same temperature as the air
Answers: (a) 46.6°C, (b) 42.6°C, (c) 50.7°C
in the room. 9–23 Repeat Problem 9–22 for a pan whose outer surface is
polished and has an emissivity of 0.1.
9–24 In a plant that manufactures canned aerosol paints, the
cans are temperaturetested in water baths at 55°C before they
are shipped to ensure that they will withstand temperatures up
to 55°C during transportation and shelving. The cans, moving
on a conveyor, enter the open hot water bath, which is 0.5 m
deep, 1 m wide, and 3.5 m long, and move slowly in the hot
water toward the other end. Some of the cans fail the test and
explode in the water bath. The water container is made of
sheet metal, and the entire container is at about the same temperature as the hot water. The emissivity of the outer surface
of the container is 0.7. If the temperature of the surrounding
air and surfaces is 20°C, determine the rate of heat loss from
the four side surfaces of the container (disregard the top surface, which is open).
The water is heated electrically by resistance heaters, and the
cost of electricity is $0.085/kWh. If the plant operates 24 h a
day 365 days a year and thus 8760 h a year, determine the annual cost of the heat losses from the container for this facility.
Aerosol
can Water bath
55°C FIGURE P9–24
9–25 Reconsider Problem 9–24. In order to reduce the heating cost of the hot water, it is proposed to insulate the side and
bottom surfaces of the container with 5cmthick fiberglass insulation (k 0.035 W/m · °C) and to wrap the insulation with
aluminum foil (
0.1) in order to minimize the heat loss by FIGURE P9–26 9–27 Reconsider Problem 9–26. Using EES (or other)
software, investigate the effects of the room temperature and the emissivity of the board on the temperature
of the hot surface of the board for different orientations of the
board. Let the room temperature vary from 5˚C to 35˚C and
the emissivity from 0.1 to 1.0. Plot the hot surface temperature
for different orientations of the board as the functions of the
room temperature and the emissivity, and discuss the results.
9–28 A manufacturer makes absorber plates that are
1.2 m
0.8 m in size for use in solar collectors. The back side of the plate is heavily insulated, while its
front surface is coated with black chrome, which has an absorptivity of 0.87 for solar radiation and an emissivity of
0.09. Consider such a plate placed horizontally outdoors in
calm air at 25°C. Solar radiation is incident on the plate at a
rate of 700 W/m2. Taking the effective sky temperature to be
10°C, determine the equilibrium temperature of the absorber
plate. What would your answer be if the absorber plate is
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HEAT TRANSFER electricity associated with heating the pipe during a 10h period under the above conditions if the price of electricity is
Answers: 29.1 kW, $26.2
$0.09/kWh. Solar radiation
700 W/m2 Tsky = –30°C Absorber plate
αs = 0.87
ε = 0.09 0°C
30 cm
Ts = 25°C
ε = 0.8 Insulation FIGURE P9–28
Asphalt 9–29 Repeat Problem 9–28 for an aluminum plate painted
flat black (solar absorptivity 0.98 and emissivity 0.98) and
also for a plate painted white (solar absorptivity 0.26 and
emissivity 0.90).
9–30 The following experiment is conducted to determine the
natural convection heat transfer coefficient for a horizontal
cylinder that is 80 cm long and 2 cm in diameter. A 80cmlong
resistance heater is placed along the centerline of the cylinder,
and the surfaces of the cylinder are polished to minimize the radiation effect. The two circular side surfaces of the cylinder are
well insulated. The resistance heater is turned on, and the power
dissipation is maintained constant at 40 W. If the average surface
temperature of the cylinder is measured to be 120°C in the 20°C
room air when steady operation is reached, determine the natural
convection heat transfer coefficient. If the emissivity of the outer
surface of the cylinder is 0.1 and a 5 percent error is acceptable,
do you think we need to do any correction for the radiation effect? Assume the surrounding surfaces to be at 20°C also.
120°C
20°C
Insulated Resistance
heater
40 W
Insulated FIGURE P9–30
9–31 Thick fluids such as asphalt and waxes and the pipes in
which they flow are often heated in order to reduce the viscosity of the fluids and thus to reduce the pumping costs. Consider
the flow of such a fluid through a 100mlong pipe of outer diameter 30 cm in calm ambient air at 0°C. The pipe is heated
electrically, and a thermostat keeps the outer surface temperature of the pipe constant at 25°C. The emissivity of the outer
surface of the pipe is 0.8, and the effective sky temperature is
30°C, Determine the power rating of the electric resistance
heater, in kW, that needs to be used. Also, determine the cost of Resistance
heater FIGURE P9–31
9–32 Reconsider Problem 9–31. To reduce the heating cost
of the pipe, it is proposed to insulate it with sufficiently thick
fiberglass insulation (k 0.035 W/m · °C) wrapped with aluminum foil (
0.1) to cut down the heat losses by 85 percent.
Assuming the pipe temperature to remain constant at 25°C, determine the thickness of the insulation that needs to be used.
How much money will the insulation save during this 10h
Answers: 1.3 cm, $22.3
period?
9–33E Consider an industrial furnace that resembles a 13ftlong horizontal cylindrical enclosure 8 ft in diameter whose
end surfaces are well insulated. The furnace burns natural gas
at a rate of 48 therms/h (1 therm 100,000 Btu). The combustion efficiency of the furnace is 82 percent (i.e., 18 percent of
the chemical energy of the fuel is lost through the flue gases as
a result of incomplete combustion and the flue gases leaving
the furnace at high temperature). If the heat loss from the outer
surfaces of the furnace by natural convection and radiation is
not to exceed 1 percent of the heat generated inside, determine
the highest allowable surface temperature of the furnace. Assume the air and wall surface temperature of the room to be
75°F, and take the emissivity of the outer surface of the furnace
to be 0.85. If the cost of natural gas is $0.65/therm and the furnace operates 2800 h per year, determine the annual cost of this
heat loss to the plant.
75°F
Furnace
ε = 0.85
Ts = ?
8 ft 13 ft FIGURE P9–33 cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 505 505
CHAPTER 9 9–34 Consider a 1.2mhigh and 2mwide glass window
with a thickness of 6 mm, thermal conductivity k
0.78
W/m · °C, and emissivity
0.9. The room and the walls that
face the window are maintained at 25°C, and the average temperature of the inner surface of the window is measured to be
5°C. If the temperature of the outdoors is 5°C, determine
(a) the convection heat transfer coefficient on the inner surface of the window, (b) the rate of total heat transfer through
the window, and (c) the combined natural convection and
radiation heat transfer coefficient on the outer surface of the
window. Is it reasonable to neglect the thermal resistance of
the glass in this case?
Wall
Room
25°C Glass
1.2 m – 5°C 5°C
ε = 0.9 FIGURE P9–34
9–35 A 3mmdiameter and 12mlong electric wire is
tightly wrapped with a 1.5mmthick plastic cover whose thermal conductivity and emissivity are k 0.15 W/m · °C and
0.9. Electrical measurements indicate that a current of
10 A passes through the wire and there is a voltage drop of 8 V
along the wire. If the insulated wire is exposed to calm atmo30°C, determine the temperature at the
spheric air at T
interface of the wire and the plastic cover in steady operation.
Take the surrounding surfaces to be at about the same temperature as the air.
9–36 During a visit to a plastic sheeting plant, it was observed that a 60mlong section of a 2in. nominal (6.03cm
outerdiameter) steam pipe extended from one end of the plant
to the other with no insulation on it. The temperature measurements at several locations revealed that the average temperature of the exposed surfaces of the steam pipe was 170°C,
while the temperature of the surrounding air was 20°C. The
outer surface of the pipe appeared to be oxidized, and its emissivity can be taken to be 0.7. Taking the temperature of the surrounding surfaces to be 20°C also, determine the rate of heat
loss from the steam pipe.
Steam is generated in a gas furnace that has an efficiency of
78 percent, and the plant pays $0.538 per therm (1 therm
105,500 kJ) of natural gas. The plant operates 24 h a day 365
days a year, and thus 8760 h a year. Determine the annual cost
of the heat losses from the steam pipe for this facility. 20°C 170°C
ε = 0.7
m 3c 6.0 60 m
Steam FIGURE P9–36
9–37 Reconsider Problem 9–36. Using EES (or other)
software, investigate the effect of the surface
temperature of the steam pipe on the rate of heat loss from the
pipe and the annual cost of this heat loss. Let the surface temperature vary from 100˚C to 200˚C. Plot the rate of heat loss
and the annual cost as a function of the surface temperature,
and discuss the results.
9–38 Reconsider Problem 9–36. In order to reduce heat
losses, it is proposed to insulate the steam pipe with 5cmthick
fiberglass insulation (k 0.038 W/m · °C) and to wrap it with
aluminum foil (
0.1) in order to minimize the radiation
losses. Also, an estimate is obtained from a local insulation
contractor, who proposed to do the insulation job for $750, including materials and labor. Would you support this proposal?
How long will it take for the insulation to pay for itself from
the energy it saves? Assume the temperature of the steam pipe
to remain constant at 170°C.
9–39 A 30cm
30cm circuit board that contains 121
square chips on one side is to be cooled by combined natural
convection and radiation by mounting it on a vertical surface in
a room at 25°C. Each chip dissipates 0.05 W of power, and the
emissivity of the chip surfaces is 0.7. Assuming the heat transfer from the back side of the circuit board to be negligible, and
the temperature of the surrounding surfaces to be the same as
the air temperature of the room, determine the surface temperAnswer: 33.4°C
ature of the chips.
9–40 Repeat Prob. 9–35 assuming the circuit board to be positioned horizontally with (a) chips facing up and (b) chips facing down.
9–41 The side surfaces of a 2mhigh cubic industrial furnace
burning natural gas are not insulated, and the temperature at the
outer surface of this section is measured to be 110°C. The temperature of the furnace room, including its surfaces, is 30°C,
and the emissivity of the outer surface of the furnace is 0.7. It
is proposed that this section of the furnace wall be insulated
with glass wool insulation (k 0.038 W/m · °C) wrapped by a
reflective sheet (
0.2) in order to reduce the heat loss by 90
percent. Assuming the outer surface temperature of the metal
section still remains at about 110°C, determine the thickness of
the insulation that needs to be used.
The furnace operates continuously throughout the year and
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HEAT TRANSFER $0.55/therm (1 therm 105,500 kJ of energy content). If the
installation of the insulation will cost $550 for materials and labor, determine how long it will take for the insulation to pay
for itself from the energy it saves.
Hot
gases
30°C 2m Furnace
110°C
ε = 0.7 9–44 An incandescent lightbulb is an inexpensive but highly
inefficient device that converts electrical energy into light. It
converts about 10 percent of the electrical energy it consumes
into light while converting the remaining 90 percent into heat.
The glass bulb of the lamp heats up very quickly as a result of
absorbing all that heat and dissipating it to the surroundings by
convection and radiation. Consider an 8cmdiameter 60W
light bulb in a room at 25°C. The emissivity of the glass is 0.9.
Assuming that 10 percent of the energy passes through the
glass bulb as light with negligible absorption and the rest of the
energy is absorbed and dissipated by the bulb itself by natural
convection and radiation, determine the equilibrium temperature of the glass bulb. Assume the interior surfaces of the room
Answer: 169°C
to be at room temperature.
25°C 2m 2m FIGURE P9–41
9–42 A 1.5mdiameter, 5mlong cylindrical propane tank is
initially filled with liquid propane, whose density is 581 kg/m3.
The tank is exposed to the ambient air at 25°C in calm weather.
The outer surface of the tank is polished so that the radiation
heat transfer is negligible. Now a crack develops at the top of
the tank, and the pressure inside drops to 1 atm while the temperature drops to 42°C, which is the boiling temperature of
propane at 1 atm. The heat of vaporization of propane at 1 atm
is 425 kJ/kg. The propane is slowly vaporized as a result of the
heat transfer from the ambient air into the tank, and the
propane vapor escapes the tank at 42°C through the crack.
Assuming the propane tank to be at about the same temperature
as the propane inside at all times, determine how long it will
take for the tank to empty if it is not insulated.
Propane
vapor 25°C 1.5 m Propane tank
– 42°C 4m FIGURE P9–42
9–43E An average person generates heat at a rate of 287
Btu/h while resting in a room at 77°F. Assuming onequarter of
this heat is lost from the head and taking the emissivity of the
skin to be 0.9, determine the average surface temperature of the
head when it is not covered. The head can be approximated as
a 12in.diameter sphere, and the interior surfaces of the room
can be assumed to be at the room temperature. 60 W
ε = 0.9
Light, 6 W FIGURE P9–44
9–45 A 40cmdiameter, 110cmhigh cylindrical hot water
tank is located in the bathroom of a house maintained at 20˚C.
The surface temperature of the tank is measured to be 44˚C and
its emissivity is 0.4. Taking the surrounding surface temperature to be also 20˚C, determine the rate of heat loss from all
surfaces of the tank by natural convection and radiation.
9–46 A 28cmhigh, 18cmlong, and 18cmwide rectangular container suspended in a room at 24˚C is initially filled with
cold water at 2˚C. The surface temperature of the container is
observed to be nearly the same as the water temperature inside.
The emissivity of the container surface is 0.6, and the temperature of the surrounding surfaces is about the same as the air
temperature. Determine the water temperature in the container
after 3 h, and the average rate of heat transfer to the water. Assume the heat transfer coefficient on the top and bottom surfaces to be the same as that on the side surfaces.
9–47 Reconsider Problem 9–46. Using EES (or other)
software, plot the water temperature in the container as a function of the heating time as the time varies from
30 min to 10 h, and discuss the results.
9–48 A room is to be heated by a coalburning stove, which
is a cylindrical cavity with an outer diameter of 32 cm and a
height of 70 cm. The rate of heat loss from the room is estimated to be 1.2 kW when the air temperature in the room is
maintained constant at 24˚C. The emissivity of the stove surface is 0.85 and the average temperature of the surrounding cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 507 507
CHAPTER 9 wall surfaces is 17˚C. Determine the surface temperature of the
stove. Neglect the transfer from the bottom surface and take the
heat transfer coefficient at the top surface to be the same as that
on the side surface.
The heating value of the coal is 30,000 kJ/kg, and the
combustion efficiency is 65 percent. Determine the amount of
coal burned a day if the stove operates 14 h a day. spaces are converted into rectangular channels. The base temperature of the heat sink in this case was measured to be
108°C. Noting that the shroud loses heat to the ambient air
from both sides, determine the average natural convection heat
transfer coefficient in this shrouded case. (For complete details,
see Çengel and Zing, Ref. 9).
Air flow 9–49 The water in a 40L tank is to be heated from 15˚C to
45˚C by a 6cmdiameter spherical heater whose surface temperature is maintained at 85˚C. Determine how long the heater
should be kept on. Heat sink
7.62
cm Natural Convection from Finned Surfaces and PCBs
9–50C Why are finned surfaces frequently used in practice?
Why are the finned surfaces referred to as heat sinks in the
electronics industry? Shroud 9–51C Why are heat sinks with closely packed fins not suitable for natural convection heat transfer, although they increase
the heat transfer surface area more?
9–52C Consider a heat sink with optimum fin spacing. Explain how heat transfer from this heat sink will be affected by
(a) removing some of the fins on the heat sink and (b) doubling
the number of fins on the heat sink by reducing the fin spacing.
The base area of the heat sink remains unchanged at all times.
9–53 Aluminum heat sinks of rectangular profile are commonly used to cool electronic components. Consider a
7.62cmlong and 9.68cmwide commercially available heat
sink whose cross section and dimensions are as shown in Figure P9–53. The heat sink is oriented vertically and is used to
cool a power transistor that can dissipate up to 125 W of power.
The back surface of the heat sink is insulated. The surfaces of
the heat sink are untreated, and thus they have a low emissivity
(under 0.1). Therefore, radiation heat transfer from the heat
sink can be neglected. During an experiment conducted in
room air at 22°C, the base temperature of the heat sink was
measured to be 120°C when the power dissipation of the transistor was 15 W. Assuming the entire heat sink to be at the base
temperature, determine the average natural convection heat
transfer coefficient for this case.
Answer: 7.1 W/m2 °C
Transistor 3.17 cm FIGURE P9–54
9–55E A 6in.wide and 8in.high vertical hot surface in
78°F air is to be cooled by a heat sink with equally spaced fins
of rectangular profile. The fins are 0.08 in. thick and 8 in. long
in the vertical direction and have a height of 1.2 in. from the
base. Determine the optimum fin spacing and the rate of heat
transfer by natural convection from the heat sink if the base
temperature is 180°F.
9–56E Reconsider Problem 9–55E. Using EES (or
other) software, investigate the effect of the
length of the fins in the vertical direction on the optimum fin
spacing and the rate of heat transfer by natural convection. Let
the fin length vary from 2 in. to 10 in. Plot the optimum fin
spacing and the rate of convection heat transfer as a function of
the fin length, and discuss the results.
9–57 A 12.1cmwide and 18cmhigh vertical hot surface in
25°C air is to be cooled by a heat sink with equally spaced fins
of rectangular profile. The fins are 0.1 cm thick and 18 cm long
in the vertical direction. Determine the optimum fin height and
the rate of heat transfer by natural convection from the heat
sink if the base temperature is 65°C. 1.45 cm Natural Convection inside Enclosures
1.52 cm
0.48 cm Heat sink
9.68 cm FIGURE P9–53
9–54 Reconsider the heat sink in Problem 9–53. In order to
enhance heat transfer, a shroud (a thin rectangular metal plate)
whose surface area is equal to the base area of the heat sink is
placed very close to the tips of the fins such that the interfin 9–58C The upper and lower compartments of a wellinsulated container are separated by two parallel sheets of glass
with an air space between them. One of the compartments is to
be filled with a hot fluid and the other with a cold fluid. If it is
desired that heat transfer between the two compartments
be minimal, would you recommend putting the hot fluid into
the upper or the lower compartment of the container? Why?
9–59C Someone claims that the air space in a doublepane
window enhances the heat transfer from a house because of
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HEAT TRANSFER recommends that the doublepane window be replaced by a
single sheet of glass whose thickness is equal to the sum of the
thicknesses of the two glasses of the doublepane window to
save energy. Do you agree with this claim?
9–60C Consider a doublepane window consisting of two
glass sheets separated by a 1cmwide air space. Someone suggests inserting a thin vinyl sheet in the middle of the two
glasses to form two 0.5cmwide compartments in the window
in order to reduce natural convection heat transfer through the
window. From a heat transfer point of view, would you be in
favor of this idea to reduce heat losses through the window?
9–61C What does the effective conductivity of an enclosure
represent? How is the ratio of the effective conductivity to thermal conductivity related to the Nusselt number?
9–62 Show that the thermal resistance of a rectangular enclosure can be expressed as R
/(Ak Nu), where k is the thermal
conductivity of the fluid in the enclosure.
9–63E A vertical 4fthigh and 6ftwide doublepane window consists of two sheets of glass separated by a 1in. air gap
at atmospheric pressure. If the glass surface temperatures
across the air gap are measured to be 65°F and 40°F, determine
the rate of heat transfer through the window by (a) natural convection and (b) radiation. Also, determine the Rvalue of insulation of this window such that multiplying the inverse of the
Rvalue by the surface area and the temperature difference
gives the total rate of heat transfer through the window. The effective emissivity for use in radiation calculations between two
large parallel glass plates can be taken to be 0.82. 9–65 Two concentric spheres of diameters 15 cm and 25 cm
are separated by air at 1 atm pressure. The surface temperatures
of the two spheres enclosing the air are T1 350 K and T2
275 K, respectively. Determine the rate of heat transfer from
the inner sphere to the outer sphere by natural convection.
9–66 Reconsider Problem 9–65. Using EES (or other)
software, plot the rate of natural convection heat
transfer as a function of the hot surface temperature of the
sphere as the temperature varies from 300 K to 500 K, and discuss the results.
9–67 Flatplate solar collectors are often tilted up toward the
sun in order to intercept a greater amount of direct solar radiation. The tilt angle from the horizontal also affects the rate of
heat loss from the collector. Consider a 2mhigh and 3mwide solar collector that is tilted at an angle from the horizontal. The back side of the absorber is heavily insulated. The
absorber plate and the glass cover, which are spaced 2.5 cm
from each other, are maintained at temperatures of 80°C and
40°C, respectively. Determine the rate of heat loss from the absorber plate by natural convection for
0°, 20°, and 90°.
Glass
cover
Solar
radiation 40°C
80°C
Absorber
plate
Air space 65°F Insulation θ 4 ft FIGURE P9–67 40°F 9–68 A simple solar collector is built by placing a 5cmdiameter clear plastic tube around a garden hose whose outer
diameter is 1.6 cm. The hose is painted black to maximize solar
absorption, and some plastic rings are used to keep the spacing
between the hose and the clear plastic cover constant. During a
clear day, the temperature of the hose is measured to be 65°C, Glass
1 in. Frame
Solar
radiation FIGURE P9–63E
Reconsider Problem 9–63E. Using EES (or
other) software, investigate the effect of the air
gap thickness on the rates of heat transfer by natural convection and radiation, and the Rvalue of insulation. Let the air
gap thickness vary from 0.2 in. to 2.0 in. Plot the rates of heat
transfer by natural convection and radiation, and the Rvalue
of insulation as a function of the air gap thickness, and discuss
the results. 26°C
Clear plastic tube 9–64E Water Spacer
Garden hose
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CHAPTER 9 while the ambient air temperature is 26°C. Determine the rate
of heat loss from the water in the hose per meter of its length
by natural convection. Also, discuss how the performance of
Answer: 8.2 W
this solar collector can be improved.
Reconsider Problem 9–68. Using EES (or other)
software, plot the rate of heat loss from the water
by natural convection as a function of the ambient air temperature as the temperature varies from 4˚C to 40˚C, and discuss
the results. 30°C
2m 9–69 9–70 A vertical 1.3mhigh, 2.8mwide doublepane window consists of two layers of glass separated by a 2.2cm air
gap at atmospheric pressure. The room temperature is 26˚C
while the inner glass temperature is 18˚C. Disregarding radiation heat transfer, determine the temperature of the outer glass
layer and the rate of heat loss through the window by natural
convection.
9–71 Consider two concentric horizontal cylinders of diameters 55 cm and 65 cm, and length 125 cm. The surfaces of the
inner and outer cylinders are maintained at 46˚C and 74˚C, respectively. Determine the rate of heat transfer between the
cylinders by natural convection if the annular space is filled
with (a) water and (b) air. Combined Natural and Forced Convection
9–72C When is natural convection negligible and when is it
not negligible in forced convection heat transfer?
9–73C Under what conditions does natural convection enhance forced convection, and under what conditions does it
hurt forced convection?
9–74C When neither natural nor forced convection is negligible, is it correct to calculate each independently and add them
to determine the total convection heat transfer?
9–75 Consider a 5mlong vertical plate at 85°C in air at
30°C. Determine the forced motion velocity above which natural convection heat transfer from this plate is negligible.
Answer: 9.04 m/s 9–76 Reconsider Problem 9–75. Using EES (or other) software, plot the forced motion velocity above which natural convection heat transfer is negligible as a function of the plate
temperature as the temperature varies from 50˚C to 150˚C, and
discuss the results.
9–77 Consider a 5mlong vertical plate at 60°C in water at
25°C. Determine the forced motion velocity above which natural convection heat transfer from this plate is negligible. Take
0.0004 K 1 for water.
9–78 In a production facility, thin square plates 2 m 2 m in
size coming out of the oven at 270°C are cooled by blowing
ambient air at 30°C horizontally parallel to their surfaces. Determine the air velocity above which the natural convection effects on heat transfer are less than 10 percent and thus are
negligible. 2m Hot
plates 270°C FIGURE P9–78
9–79 A 12cmhigh and 20cmwide circuit board houses
100 closely spaced logic chips on its surface, each dissipating
0.05 W. The board is cooled by a fan that blows air over the hot
surface of the board at 35°C at a velocity of 0.5 m/s. The heat
transfer from the back surface of the board is negligible. Determine the average temperature on the surface of the circuit
board assuming the air flows vertically upwards along the 12cmlong side by (a) ignoring natural convection and (b) considering the contribution of natural convection. Disregard any
heat transfer by radiation. Special Topic: Heat Transfer through Windows
9–80C Why are the windows considered in three regions
when analyzing heat transfer through them? Name those regions and explain how the overall Uvalue of the window is determined when the heat transfer coefficients for all three
regions are known.
9–81C Consider three similar doublepane windows with air
gap widths of 5, 10, and 20 mm. For which case will the heat
transfer through the window will be a minimum?
9–82C In an ordinary doublepane window, about half of the
heat transfer is by radiation. Describe a practical way of reducing the radiation component of heat transfer.
9–83C Consider a doublepane window whose air space
width is 20 mm. Now a thin polyester film is used to divide the
air space into two 10mmwide layers. How will the film affect
(a) convection and (b) radiation heat transfer through the window?
9–84C Consider a doublepane window whose air space is
flashed and filled with argon gas. How will replacing the air in
the gap by argon affect (a) convection and (b) radiation heat
transfer through the window?
9–85C Is the heat transfer rate through the glazing of a doublepane window higher at the center or edge section of the
glass area? Explain.
9–86C How do the relative magnitudes of Ufactors of windows with aluminum, wood, and vinyl frames compare? Assume the windows are identical except for the frames.
9–87 Determine the Ufactor for the centerofglass section
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HEAT TRANSFER design conditions. The glazings are made of clear glass having
an emissivity of 0.84. Take the average air space temperature at
design conditions to be 10°C and the temperature difference
across the air space to be 15°C.
9–88 A doubledoor woodframed window with glass glazing and metal spacers is being considered for an opening that is
1.2 m high and 1.8 m wide in the wall of a house maintained at
20°C. Determine the rate of heat loss through the window and
the inner surface temperature of the window glass facing the
room when the outdoor air temperature is 8°C if the window
is selected to be (a) 3mm single glazing, (b) double glazing
with an air space of 13 mm, and (c) lowecoated triple glazing
with an air space of 13 mm.
Doubledoor
window winds of 12 km/h outside. What will the Ufactor be when the
Answer: 2.88 W/m2 · °C
wind velocity outside is doubled?
9–93 The owner of an older house in Wichita, Kansas, is considering replacing the existing doubledoor type woodframed
singlepane windows with vinylframed doublepane windows
with an air space of 6.4 mm. The new windows are of doubledoor type with metal spacers. The house is maintained at 22°C
at all times, but heating is needed only when the outdoor temperature drops below 18°C because of the internal heat gain
from people, lights, appliances, and the sun. The average winter temperature of Wichita is 7.1°C, and the house is heated by
electric resistance heaters. If the unit cost of electricity is
$0.07/kWh and the total window area of the house is 12 m2, determine how much money the new windows will save the
home owner per month in winter. Wood frame
Single pane
Double pane Glass Glass FIGURE P9–88
9–89 Determine the overall Ufactor for a doubledoortype
woodframed doublepane window with 13mm air space and
metal spacers, and compare your result to the value listed in
Table 9–6. The overall dimensions of the window are 2.00 m
2.40 m, and the dimensions of each glazing are 1.92 m
1.14 m.
9–90 Consider a house in Atlanta, Georgia, that is maintained
at 22°C and has a total of 20 m2 of window area. The windows
are doubledoortype with wood frames and metal spacers. The
glazing consists of two layers of glass with 12.7 mm of air
space with one of the inner surfaces coated with reflective film.
The winter average temperature of Atlanta is 11.3°C. Determine
the average rate of heat loss through the windows in winter.
Answer: 456 W FIGURE P9–93
Review Problems
9–94E A 0.1W small cylindrical resistor mounted on a
lower part of a vertical circuit board is 0.3 in. long and has a diameter of 0.2 in. The view of the resistor is largely blocked by
another circuit board facing it, and the heat transfer through the
connecting wires is negligible. The air is free to flow through
the large parallel flow passages between the boards as a result
of natural convection currents. If the air temperature at the
vicinity of the resistor is 120°F, determine the approximate surAnswer: 212°F
face temperature of the resistor. 9–91E Consider an ordinary house with R13 walls (walls
that have an Rvalue of 13 h · ft2 · °F/Btu). Compare this to the
Rvalue of the common doubledoor windows that are double
pane with 1 in. of air space and have aluminum frames. If the
4
windows occupy only 20 percent of the wall area, determine if
more heat is lost through the windows or through the remaining 80 percent of the wall area. Disregard infiltration losses.
9–92 The overall Ufactor of a fixed woodframed window
with double glazing is given by the manufacturer to be U
2.76 W/m2 · °C under the conditions of still air inside and FIGURE P9–94E cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 511 511
CHAPTER 9 9–95 An ice chest whose outer dimensions are 30 cm
40 cm 40 cm is made of 3cmthick styrofoam (k 0.033
W/m · °C). Initially, the chest is filled with 30 kg of ice at 0°C,
and the inner surface temperature of the ice chest can be taken
to be 0°C at all times. The heat of fusion of water at 0°C is
333.7 kJ/kg, and the surrounding ambient air is at 20°C. Disregarding any heat transfer from the 40 cm 40 cm base of
the ice chest, determine how long it will take for the ice in the
chest to melt completely if the ice chest is subjected to (a) calm
air and (b) winds at 50 km/h. Assume the heat transfer coefficient on the front, back, and top surfaces to be the same as that
on the side surfaces.
9–96 An electronic box that consumes 180 W of power is
cooled by a fan blowing air into the box enclosure. The dimensions of the electronic box are 15 cm 50 cm 50 cm, and all
surfaces of the box are exposed to the ambient except the base
surface. Temperature measurements indicate that the box is at
an average temperature of 32°C when the ambient temperature
and the temperature of the surrounding walls are 25°C. If the
emissivity of the outer surface of the box is 0.85, determine the
fraction of the heat lost from the outer surfaces of the electronic box.
25°C
32°C
ε = 0.85 15 cm
50 cm 50 cm FIGURE P9–96
9–97 A 6minternaldiameter spherical tank made of 1.5cmthick stainless steel (k 15 W/m · °C) is used to store iced
water at 0°C in a room at 20°C. The walls of the room are also
at 20°C. The outer surface of the tank is black (emissivity
1), and heat transfer between the outer surface of the tank
and the surroundings is by natural convection and radiation.
Assuming the entire steel tank to be at 0°C and thus the thermal resistance of the tank to be negligible, determine (a) the
rate of heat transfer to the iced water in the tank and (b) the
amount of ice at 0°C that melts during a 24h period.
Answers: (a) 15.4 kW, (b) 3988 kg Wall
15 cm m 80 c Oil Ts = 45°C
ε = 0.8 50 cm Electric heater
Heating element FIGURE P9–99
15 cm wide filled with 45 kg of oil. The heater is to be placed
against a wall, and thus heat transfer from its back surface is
negligible for safety considerations. The surface temperature of
the heater is not to exceed 45°C in a room at 25°C. Disregarding heat transfer from the bottom and top surfaces of the heater
in anticipation that the top surface will be used as a shelf, determine the power rating of the heater in W. Take the emissivity of the outer surface of the heater to be 0.8 and the average
temperature of the ceiling and wall surfaces to be the same as
the room air temperature.
Also, determine how long it will take for the heater to reach
steady operation when it is first turned on (i.e., for the oil temperature to rise from 25°C to 45°C). State your assumptions in
the calculations.
9–100 Skylights or “roof windows” are commonly used in
homes and manufacturing facilities since they let natural light
in during day time and thus reduce the lighting costs.
However, they offer little resistance to heat transfer, and
large amounts of energy are lost through them in winter unless they are equipped with a motorized insulating cover that
can be used in cold weather and at nights to reduce heat
losses. Consider a 1mwide and 2.5mlong horizontal
skylight on the roof of a house that is kept at 20°C. The glazing of the skylight is made of a single layer of 0.5cmthick 9–98 Consider a 1.2mhigh and 2mwide doublepane
window consisting of two 3mmthick layers of glass (k
0.78 W/m · °C) separated by a 3cmwide air space. Determine the steady rate of heat transfer through this window
and the temperature of its inner surface for a day during
which the room is maintained at 20°C while the temperature
of the outdoors is 0°C. Take the heat transfer coefficients
on the inner and outer surfaces of the window to be h1 10
25 W/m2 · °C and disregard any heat
W/m2 · °C and h2
transfer by radiation. Tin = 20°C 9–99 An electric resistance space heater is designed such that
it resembles a rectangular box 50 cm high, 80 cm long, and FIGURE P9–100 Tsky = –30°C
Tair = – 10°C 2.5 m Skylight
ε = 0.9
1m cen58933_ch09.qxd 9/4/2002 12:26 PM Page 512 512
HEAT TRANSFER glass (k 0.78 W/m °C and
0.9). Determine the rate of
heat loss through the skylight when the air temperature outside is 10°C and the effective sky temperature is 30°C.
Compare your result with the rate of heat loss through an
equivalent surface area of the roof that has a common R5.34
construction in SI units (i.e., a thickness–to–effectivethermalconductivity ratio of 5.34 m2 · °C/W).
9–101 A solar collector consists of a horizontal copper tube
of outer diameter 5 cm enclosed in a concentric thin glass tube
of 9 cm diameter. Water is heated as it flows through the tube,
and the annular space between the copper and glass tube is
filled with air at 1 atm pressure. During a clear day, the temperatures of the tube surface and the glass cover are measured
to be 60°C and 32°C, respectively. Determine the rate of heat
loss from the collector by natural convection per meter length
of the tube.
Answer: 17.4 W
9 cm m 5c Glass cover FIGURE P9–101
9–102 A solar collector consists of a horizontal aluminum
tube of outer diameter 4 cm enclosed in a concentric thin
glass tube of 7 cm diameter. Water is heated as it flows
through the aluminum tube, and the annular space between
the aluminum and glass tubes is filled with air at 1 atm pressure. The pump circulating the water fails during a clear day,
and the water temperature in the tube starts rising. The aluminum tube absorbs solar radiation at a rate of 20 W per meter length, and the temperature of the ambient air outside is
30°C. Approximating the surfaces of the tube and the glass
cover as being black (emissivity
1) in radiation calculations and taking the effective sky temperature to be 20°C,
determine the temperature of the aluminum tube when equilibrium is established (i.e., when the net heat loss from the
tube by convection and radiation equals the amount of solar
energy absorbed by the tube).
9–103E The components of an electronic system dissipating
180 W are located in a 4ftlong horizontal duct whose crosssection is 6 in. 6 in. The components in the duct are cooled
by forced air, which enters at 85°F at a rate of 22 cfm and
leaves at 100°F. The surfaces of the sheet metal duct are not
painted, and thus radiation heat transfer from the outer surfaces
is negligible. If the ambient air temperature is 80°F, determine
(a) the heat transfer from the outer surfaces of the duct to the
ambient air by natural convection and (b) the average temperature of the duct. Natural
convection 100°F 80°F 180 W
4 ft 85°F
22 cfm FIGURE P9–103E
9–104E Repeat Problem 9–103E for a circular horizontal
duct of diameter 4 in.
9–105E Repeat Problem 9–103E assuming the fan fails and
thus the entire heat generated inside the duct must be rejected
to the ambient air by natural convection through the outer surfaces of the duct.
9–106 Consider a cold aluminum canned drink that is initially at a uniform temperature of 5°C. The can is 12.5 cm high
and has a diameter of 6 cm. The emissivity of the outer surface
of the can is 0.6. Disregarding any heat transfer from the bottom surface of the can, determine how long it will take for the
average temperature of the drink to rise to 7°C if the surroundAnswer: 12.1 min
ing air and surfaces are at 25°C.
9–107 Consider a 2mhigh electric hot water heater that has
a diameter of 40 cm and maintains the hot water at 60°C. The
tank is located in a small room at 20°C whose walls and the
ceiling are at about the same temperature. The tank is placed in
a 46cmdiameter sheet metal shell of negligible thickness, and
the space between the tank and the shell is filled with foam insulation. The average temperature and emissivity of the outer
surface of the shell are 40°C and 0.7, respectively. The price of 3 cm 40 cm 20°C
Tw = 60°C
Foam
insulation 40°C
ε = 0.7 FIGURE P9–107 Water
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CHAPTER 9 electricity is $0.08/kWh. Hot water tank insulation kits large
enough to wrap the entire tank are available on the market for
about $30. If such an insulation is installed on this water tank
by the home owner himself, how long will it take for this additional insulation to pay for itself? Disregard any heat loss from
the top and bottom surfaces, and assume the insulation to reduce the heat losses by 80 percent.
9–108 During a plant visit, it was observed that a 1.5mhigh
and 1mwide section of the vertical front section of a natural
gas furnace wall was too hot to touch. The temperature measurements on the surface revealed that the average temperature
of the exposed hot surface was 110°C, while the temperature of
the surrounding air was 25°C. The surface appeared to be oxidized, and its emissivity can be taken to be 0.7. Taking the temperature of the surrounding surfaces to be 25°C also, determine
the rate of heat loss from this furnace.
The furnace has an efficiency of 79 percent, and the plant
pays $0.75 per therm of natural gas. If the plant operates 10 h a
day, 310 days a year, and thus 3100 h a year, determine the annual cost of the heat loss from this vertical hot surface on the
front section of the furnace wall. Furnace Ts = 110°C
ε = 0.7
1.5m
1m Tair = 25°C FIGURE P9–108
9–109 A group of 25 power transistors, dissipating 1.5 W
each, are to be cooled by attaching them to a blackanodized
square aluminum plate and mounting the plate on the wall of a
room at 30°C. The emissivity of the transistor and the plate surfaces is 0.9. Assuming the heat transfer from the back side of
the plate to be negligible and the temperature of the surrounding
surfaces to be the same as the air temperature of the room, determine the size of the plate if the average surface temperature
Answer: 43 cm 3 43 cm
of the plate is not to exceed 50°C. Blackanodized
aluminum
plate Power
transistor, 1.5 W FIGURE P9–109
is 0.5, and the walls of the basement are also at about 60°F. If
the inlet temperature of the water is 150°F and the heat transfer
coefficient on the inner surface of the pipe is 30 Btu/h · ft2 · °F,
determine the temperature drop of water as it passes through
the basement.
9–112 Consider a flatplate solar collector placed horizontally on the flat roof of a house. The collector is 1.5 m wide
and 6 m long, and the average temperature of the exposed surface of the collector is 42°C. Determine the rate of heat loss
from the collector by natural convection during a calm day
when the ambient air temperature is 15°C. Also, determine the
heat loss by radiation by taking the emissivity of the collector
surface to be 0.9 and the effective sky temperature to be
Answers: 1295 W, 2921 W
30°C.
9–113 Solar radiation is incident on the glass cover of a solar
collector at a rate of 650 W/m2. The glass transmits 88 percent
of the incident radiation and has an emissivity of 0.90. The hot
water needs of a family in summer can be met completely by a Glass
cover Solar
radiation
650 W/ m2 9–110 Repeat Problem 9–109 assuming the plate to be positioned horizontally with (a) transistors facing up and (b) transistors facing down.
9–111E Hot water is flowing at an average velocity of 4 ft/s
through a cast iron pipe (k 30 Btu/h · ft · °F) whose inner and
outer diameters are 1.0 in. and 1.2 in., respectively. The pipe
passes through a 50ftlong section of a basement whose temperature is 60°F. The emissivity of the outer surface of the pipe Absorber
plate Insulation
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HEAT TRANSFER collector 1.5 m high and 2 m wide, and tilted 40° from the horizontal. The temperature of the glass cover is measured to be
40°C on a calm day when the surrounding air temperature is
20°C. The effective sky temperature for radiation exchange between the glass cover and the open sky is 40°C. Water enters
the tubes attached to the absorber plate at a rate of 1 kg/min.
Assuming the back surface of the absorber plate to be heavily
insulated and the only heat loss occurs through the glass cover,
determine (a) the total rate of heat loss from the collector, (b)
the collector efficiency, which is the ratio of the amount of heat
transferred to the water to the solar energy incident on the collector, and (c) the temperature rise of water as it flows through
the collector. Design and Essay Problems
9–114 Write a computer program to evaluate the variation of
temperature with time of thin square metal plates that are removed from an oven at a specified temperature and placed vertically in a large room. The thickness, the size, the initial
temperature, the emissivity, and the thermophysical properties
of the plate as well as the room temperature are to be specified
by the user. The program should evaluate the temperature of
the plate at specified intervals and tabulate the results against
time. The computer should list the assumptions made during
calculations before printing the results.
For each step or time interval, assume the surface temperature to be constant and evaluate the heat loss during that time
interval and the temperature drop of the plate as a result of this
heat loss. This gives the temperature of the plate at the end of a
time interval, which is to serve as the initial temperature of the
plate for the beginning of the next time interval. Try your program for 0.2cmthick vertical copper plates of
40 cm 40 cm in size initially at 300°C cooled in a room at
25°C. Take the surface emissivity to be 0.9. Use a time interval
of 1 s in calculations, but print the results at 10s intervals for a
total cooling period of 15 min.
9–115 Write a computer program to optimize the spacing between the two glasses of a doublepane window. Assume the
spacing is filled with dry air at atmospheric pressure. The program should evaluate the recommended practical value of the
spacing to minimize the heat losses and list it when the size of
the window (the height and the width) and the temperatures of
the two glasses are specified.
9–116 Contact a manufacturer of aluminum heat sinks and
obtain their product catalog for cooling electronic components
by natural convection and radiation. Write an essay on how to
select a suitable heat sink for an electronic component when its
maximum power dissipation and maximum allowable surface
temperature are specified.
9–117 The top surfaces of practically all flatplate solar collectors are covered with glass in order to reduce the heat losses
from the absorber plate underneath. Although the glass cover
reflects or absorbs about 15 percent of the incident solar radiation, it saves much more from the potential heat losses from the
absorber plate, and thus it is considered to be an essential part
of a welldesigned solar collector. Inspired by the energy efficiency of doublepane windows, someone proposes to use
double glazing on solar collectors instead of a single glass. Investigate if this is a good idea for the town in which you live.
Use local weather data and base your conclusion on heat transfer analysis and economic considerations. ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2010 for the course HEAT ENG taught by Professor Ghaz during the Spring '10 term at University of Guelph.
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