Heat transfer to longitudinal laminar flow between cylinders

E. M. Sparrow, A. L. Loeffler, H. A. Hubbard

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Consideration is given to the fully developed heat-transfer characteristics for longitudinal laminar flow between cylinders arranged in an equilateral triangular array. The analysis is carried out for the condition of uniform heat transfer per unit length. Solutions are obtained for the temperature distribution, and from these, Nusselt numbers are derived for a wide range of spacing-to-diameter ratios. It is found that as the spacing ratio increases, so also does the wall-to-bulk temperature difference for a fixed heat transfer per unit length. Corresponding to a uniform surface temperature around the circumference of a cylinder, the circumferential variation of the local heat flux is computed. For spacing ratios of 1.5 2.0 and greater, uniform peripheral wall temperature and uniform peripheral heat flux are simultaneously achieved. A simplified analysis which neglects circumferential variations is also carried out, and the results are compared with those from the more exact formulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-422
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1961


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