A transient technique for measuring the effective thermal conductivity of saturated porous media with a constant boundary heat flux

H. T. Aichlmayr, F. A. Kulacki

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Abstract

An experimental technique for measuring the effective thermal conductivity of saturated porous media is presented. The experimental method is based on the transient heating of a semi-infinite cylinder by a constant heat flux at the boundary. The data reduction technique is unique because it avoids determining the effective thermal diffusivity and quantifying the boundary heat flux. The technique is used to measure the effective thermal conductivity of glass-water glass-air and steel-air systems. These systems yield solid-fluid conductivity ratios of 1.08, 25.7, and 2400, respectively. The solid phases consist of 3.96 mm glass spheres and 14 mm steel ball bearings, which give mean porosities of 0.365 and 0.403. In addition, particular attention is paid to assessing experimental uncertainty, Consequently, this study provides data with a degree of precision not typically found the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1217-1220
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Volume128
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

Keywords

  • Effective thermal conductivity
  • Porous media
  • Transient measurement technique

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