RESEARCH PAPERS: Natural and Mixed Convection

Thermal Analysis of Heat-Generating Pools Bounded From Below by Curved Surfaces

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M. J. Tan, D. H. Cho

Reactor Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439

F. B. Cheung

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

J. Heat Transfer 116(1), 127-135 (Feb 01, 1994) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910846 History: Received December 01, 1992; Revised June 01, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


A computer code that features the use of a directional effective thermal conductivity in modeling natural convection in heat-generating pools has been developed to analyze heat transfer in such pools, which are bounded from below by curved surfaces. Illustrative calculations pertaining to two published experimental studies on convective heat transfer in water pools with uniformly distributed volumetric energy sources are carried out using the code. The water pools used in the two studies under consideration were cooled either from the top or from the bottom, but not from both. The utility as well as the limitations of the effective thermal conductivity approach in the context of addressing the issue of melt-pool coolability is demonstrated by comparisons of calculated results with the experimental data.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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