Heat Transfer in Fin Assemblies: Significance of Two-Dimensional Effects—A Reexamination of the Issue

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L. C. Thomas

Mechanical Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudia Arabia

J. Heat Transfer 121(3), 748-752 (Aug 01, 1999) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826047 History: Received November 12, 1996; Revised January 22, 1999; Online December 05, 2007


The purpose of this paper is to reexamine the significance and nature of two-dimensional effects in fin assemblies. In particular, consideration is given to concerns expressed in the literature that the standard approach commonly leads to large errors due to two-dimensional effects. In addition, for the purpose of establishing a practical means of evaluating the level of significance of two-dimensional effects, an approximate first-order two-dimensional thermal circuit approach to analyzing heat transfer in fin assemblies is developed.

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