Experiments on Free Convection Between Vertical Plates With Symmetric Heating

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R. A. Wirtz

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, N.Y. 13676

R. J. Stutzman

IBM Corporation, Endicott, N.Y. 13760

J. Heat Transfer 104(3), 501-507 (Aug 01, 1982) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3245121 History: Received August 10, 1981; Online October 20, 2009


Laboratory experiments on natural convection of air between vertical parallel plates with uniform and symmetric heat fluxes are reported. Data collection was through direct temperature measurement using thermocouples and through analysis of interferograms of the flow. Data were collected over a range of heat fluxes and geometric parameters where the flow was in the developing temperature field regime. A correlation is developed that allows for the calculation of the maximum temperature variation of the plates for a given input heat flux and plate geometry. The equation is expected to be accurate to ±5 percent.

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