RESEARCH PAPERS: 1997 Max Jakob Memorial Award Lecture

The Monte Carlo Method in Radiative Heat Transfer

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J. R. Howell

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1063

J. Heat Transfer 120(3), 547-560 (Aug 01, 1998) (14 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2824310 History: Received February 17, 1998; Revised March 13, 1998; Online December 05, 2007


The use of the Monte Carlo method in radiative heat transfer is reviewed. The review covers surface-surface, enclosure, and participating media problems. Discussion is included of research on the fundamentals of the method and on applications to surface-surface interchange in enclosures, exchange between surfaces with roughness characteristics, determination of configuration factors, inverse design, transfer through packed beds and fiber layers, participating media, scattering, hybrid methods, spectrally dependent problems including media with line structure, effects of using parallel algorithms, practical applications, and extensions of the method. Conclusions are presented on needed future work and the place of Monte Carlo techniques in radiative heat transfer computations.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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