Recent Developments in Contact Conductance Heat Transfer

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L. S. Fletcher

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

J. Heat Transfer 110(4b), 1059-1070 (Nov 01, 1988) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3250610 History: Received March 01, 1988; Online October 20, 2009


The characteristics of thermal contact conductance are increasingly important in a wide range of technologies. As a consequence, the number of experimental and theoretical investigations of contact conductance has increased. This paper reviews and categorizes recent developments in contact conductance heat transfer. Among the topics included are the theoretical/analytical/numerical studies of contact conductance for conforming surfaces and other surface geometries; the thermal conductance in such technological areas as advanced or modern materials, microelectronics, and biomedicine; and selected topics including thermal rectification, gas conductance, cylindrical contacts, periodic and sliding contacts, and conductance measurements. The paper concludes with recommendations for emerging and continuing areas of investigation.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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