Study of the Laminar Free-Convection Wake Above an Isothermal Vertical Plate

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N. E. Hardwick

Bell Telephone Laboratories, Greensboro, N. C.

E. K. Levy

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

J. Heat Transfer 95(3), 289-294 (Aug 01, 1973) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450054 History: Received August 15, 1972; Revised November 10, 1972; Online August 11, 2010


The steady, laminar, two-dimensional wake above a thin vertical isothermal heated plate cooled by free convection was investigated theoretically and experimentally. The system of partial differential equations governing the fluid motion and heat transfer in the vicinity of the plate and in the near wake region was formulated and solved using finite difference techniques. Using air, the temperature and velocity profiles in the wake region were measured experimentally using a laser holographic interferometer and a constant temperature hot wire anemometer.

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