A Limiting Approach for the Evaluation of Geometric Mean Transmittance in a Multidimensional Absorbing and Isotropically Scattering Medium

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W. W. Yuen

Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93106

J. Heat Transfer 106(2), 441-447 (May 01, 1984) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3246691 History: Received January 28, 1983; Online October 20, 2009


The calculation of the geometric-mean transmittance factor between areas with an intervening absorbing and isotropically scattering medium is considered. While an exact expression for the factor is shown to be quite complicated, the upper and lower limits of the factor can be readily generated from physical consideration. Integral expressions for successively increasing (decreasing) values of the lower (upper) limits are obtained. For two-dimensional systems, these expressions are reduced to integrals involving Sn (x), a class of exponential integral function that has been tabulated in a previous work. Utilizing the kernel substitution technique, these integrals are evaluated analytically in closed form for some selected geometries. For cases with small optical thickness and large scattering albedo, both limits are shown to converge relatively slowly to the actual transmittance factor. But the decreasing difference between the two limits provides accurate estimate of the geometric-mean transmittance factor. Based on these results, some interesting conclusions concerning the effect of scattering on multidimensional radiative transmission are established.

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