RESEARCH PAPERS: Forced Convection

A Hybrid Transient Step-Heating Heat Transfer Measurement Technique Using Heater Foils and Liquid-Crystal Thermography

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J. von Wolfersdorf, R. Hoecker, T. Sattelmayer

ABB-Corporate Research Center, Baden, Switzerland

J. Heat Transfer 115(2), 319-324 (May 01, 1993) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910682 History: Received April 01, 1992; Revised October 01, 1992; Online May 23, 2008


A transient heat transfer technique using a heating foil and liquid crystals is described. The basic idea is a step-heating technique, eliminating the local heat flux and the surface temperature during the data reduction. Nonuniformities in the heating pattern are allowed and calibration of the liquid crystals is no longer necessary. They are used as an indicator of an isotherm only. The heat transfer coefficient is deduced from two time measurements. The laminar and turbulent boundary layer flows over a flat plate were tested to verify the applicability and accuracy of the method.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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