Chapter 3 Steady Heat Conduction3-160E The surface temperature of a baked potato drops from 300°F to 200°F in 5 minutes in an environment at 70°F. The average heat transfer coefficient and the cooling time of the potato if it is wrapped completely in a towel are to be determined. Assumptions1Thermal properties of potato are constant, and can be taken to be the properties of water. 2 The thermal contact resistance at the interface is negligible. 3 The heat transfer coefficients for wrapped and unwrapped potatoes are the same. PropertiesThe thermal conductivity of a thick towel is given to be k= 0.035 Btu/h⋅ft⋅°F. We take the properties of potato to be those of water at room temperature, ρ= 62.2 lbm/ft3and Cp= 0.998 Btu/lbm⋅°F. Analysis This is a transient heat conduction problem, and the rate of heat transfer will decrease as the potato cools down and the temperature difference between the potato and the surroundings decreases.
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