Free Convection Along A Nonisothermal Vertical Flat Plate

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Tsai-Tse Kao

Nuclear Department, Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., Livingston, N. J.

G. A. Domoto, H. G. Elrod

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, N. Y.

J. Heat Transfer 99(1), 72-78 (Feb 01, 1977) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450658 History: Received October 22, 1976; Online August 11, 2010


A technique has been developed for the solution of free convection problems on a vertical flat plate with arbitrary (though smooth) temperature or heat-flux distributions. The general theory is developed with local similarity as a first approximation, and universal functions for improvement. Comparisons with highly accurate numerical solutions validate the use of one simple correction term for most applications. Computations are readily performed with the use of a hand-held mini-computer. Four illustrative computational examples are carried out with the aid of the two working charts provided for air.

Copyright © 1977 by ASME
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