Free Convection Through Vertical Plane Layers of Non-Newtonian Power Law Fluids

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A. F. Emery, J. D. Dale

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

H. W. Chi

Gulf Atomic, San Diego, Calif.

J. Heat Transfer 93(2), 164-171 (May 01, 1971) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3449778 History: Received May 12, 1969; Revised January 21, 1970; Online August 11, 2010


Experimental measurements of the heat transferred from a constant heat flux hot wall across vertical plane layers of several pseudoplastic non-Newtonian fluids with generalized Prandtl numbers of 10–500 are reported for a range of Grashof moduli and layer height to width ratios. The rheological properties of the fluids are discussed and it is shown that the similarity analysis of free convection for constant-temperature vertical flat plates presented by Acrivos for infinite Prandtl numbers can be used to correlate the data. Several temperature profiles are given and compared to those measured in water.

Copyright © 1971 by ASME
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