Transient Cooling of a Sphere in Space

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D. L. Ayers

Itek Corporation, Palo Alto, Calif.

J. Heat Transfer 92(1), 180-182 (Feb 01, 1970) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3449623 History: Received May 14, 1969; Online August 11, 2010


A method is presented for determining the transient temperature distribution of a solid sphere cooling in space. The sphere is assumed initially to be at a uniform temperature and then instantaneously subjected to the radiation sink of space at time zero. This nonlinear problem was solved by using finite-difference computing techniques. Results are presented in dimensionless graphical form over a wide range of variables. This facilitates calculation of the transient temperature history at several points in the sphere.

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