Chapter 9 Natural Convection9-35 An insulated electric wire is exposed to calm air. The temperature at the interface of the wire and the plastic insulation is to be determined. Assumptions1Steady operating conditions exist. 2Air is an ideal gas with constant properties. 3 The local atmospheric pressure is 1 atm. PropertiesThe properties of air at 1 atm and the anticipated film temperature of (Ts+T∞)/2 = (50+30)/2 = 40°C are (Table A-15) Air T∞= 30°C Tsε= 0.9 L= 12 mD= 6 mmResistance heater 1-25K003195.0K)27340(117255.0Pr/sm10702.1CW/m.02662.0=+===×=°=−fTkβυAnalysisThe solution of this problem requires a trial-and-error approach since the determination of the Rayleigh number and thus the Nusselt number depends on the surface temperature which is unknown. We start the solution process by “guessing” the surface temperature to be 50°C for the evaluation of the properties and h. We will check the accuracy of this guess later and repeat the calculations if necessary.
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