RESEARCH PAPERS: Forced Convection

Performance Indicators for Steady-State Heat Transfer Through Fin Assemblies

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A. S. Wood, G. E. Tupholme, M. I. H. Bhatti

Department of Mathematics, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1DP, United Kingdom

P. J. Heggs

Department of Chemical Engineering, UMIST, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, United Kingdom

J. Heat Transfer 118(2), 310-316 (May 01, 1996) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2825846 History: Received June 01, 1995; Revised November 01, 1995; Online December 05, 2007


A comparative study is presented of several models describing steady-state heat flow through an assembly consisting of a primary surface (wall) and attached extended surface (fin). Attention is focused on the validity of four performance indicators. The work shows that the augmentation factor is the only indicator capable of correctly predicting the behavioral trends of the rate of heat flow through the assembly as the influencing physical parameters are varied.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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