Chapter 15 Steady Heat Conduction3-71An electric hot water tank is made of two concentric cylindrical metal sheets with foam insulation in between. The fraction of the hot water cost that is due to the heat loss from the tank and the payback period of the do-it-yourself insulation kit are to be determined. Assumptions1Heat transfer is steady since there is no indication of any change with time. 2 Heat transfer is one-dimensional since there is thermal symmetry about the center line and no variation in the axial direction. 3 Thermal conductivities are constant. 4 The thermal resistances of the water tank and the outer thin sheet metal shell are negligible. 5 Heat loss from the top and bottom surfaces is negligible. PropertiesThe thermal conductivities are given to be k= 0.03 W/m⋅°C for foam insulation and k= 0.035 W/m⋅°C for fiber glass insulation Analysis We consider only the side surfaces of the water heater for simplicity, and disregard the top and bottom surfaces (it will make difference of about 10 percent). The individual thermal resistances are
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