Numerical Analysis of Heat and Mass Transfer From Fluid Spheres in an Electric Field

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L. Sharpe

Department of Mechanical Engineering, N. C. A&T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411

F. A. Morrison

Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94583

J. Heat Transfer 108(2), 337-342 (May 01, 1986) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3246926 History: Received March 16, 1984; Online October 20, 2009


Steady-state heat or mass transfer to a drop in an electric field at low values of the Reynolds number is investigated. The energy equation is solved using finite difference techniques; upwind differencing is used in approximating the convective terms. Far from the sphere, a “transmitting” boundary condition is introduced; the dimensionless temperature is held at zero for inward radial flow and the dimensionless temperature gradient is held at zero for outward radial flow at a fixed distance from the sphere’s surface. Numerical solutions are obtained using an iterative method. Creeping flow heat transfer results are obtained for Peclet numbers up to 103 .

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