A General Extended Surface Analysis Method

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A. D. Snider

College of Natural Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.

A. D. Kraus

College of Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.

J. Heat Transfer 103(4), 699-704 (Nov 01, 1981) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3244529 History: Received April 30, 1980; Online October 20, 2009


An earlier paper by the authors presented an algorithm for analyzing certain arrays of extended surface, in terms of the heat transfer properties and geometries of the individual fins comprising the array. This paper identifies the subclass of arrays susceptible to such analysis as trees, in the graph theoretic sense, and extends the technique by deriving general equations for efficiently analyzing a perfectly arbitrary configuration of fins.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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