Transient Free Convection from a Suddenly Heated Horizontal Wire

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J. R. Parsons, J. C. Mulligan

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

J. Heat Transfer 100(3), 423-428 (Aug 01, 1978) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450825 History: Received September 09, 1977; Online August 11, 2010


Experimental data are presented for the transient free convective heat transfer from a horizontal wire in air subjected to a step change in heat rate. An unbalanced Wheatstone bridge is described which allows simultaneous observation of wire temperature and heat rate, under transient as well as steady-state conditions. An “overshoot” of the steady-state is shown to occur in the transient decay of the Nusselt number, and the occurrence, magnitude, and duration of this phenomenon is shown to depend upon the Rayleigh number. Simple stability theory is shown to explain the delay in the convective process which is associated with the overshoot in heat transfer. Steady-state data are also presented and are shown to agree well with proposed low Rayleigh number correlations.

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