Transient Laminar Free Convection in Closed Spherical Containers

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H. G. Whitley, R. I. Vachon

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

J. Heat Transfer 94(4), 360-366 (Nov 01, 1972) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3449952 History: Received December 14, 1970; Online August 11, 2010


The transient laminar free-convection heat and mass transfer of fluids in closed spherical containers is studied analytically. The coupled nonlinear partial differential equations for conservation of mass, energy, and momentum are solved simultaneously. Finite-difference approximations of the governing equations are organized for an iterative numerical-integration scheme which yields temperature and mass flux as a function of time and space. A computational procedure is given and results from application of the model are presented.

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