Application of variational methods to radiation heat-transfer calculations

E. M. Sparrow

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A variational method, is presented for solving a class of integral equations which arise in radiation heat-transfer problems. First, to demonstrate the formulation of radiation problems in terms of integral equations, consideration is given to a system consisting of two nonblack, finite, parallel plates. After a general description of the variational method, its use is illustrated by application to the parallel-plate system. Comparisons are made which show very good agreement with exact solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-380
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1960


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