The effect of a magnetic field on free convection heat transfer

E. M. Sparrow, R. D. Cess

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Free convection heat transfer due to the simultaneous action of buoyancy and induced magnetic forces is investigated. The analysis is carried out for laminar boundary-layer flow about an isothermal vertical plate. It is found that the free convection heat transfer to liquid metals may be significantly affected by the presence of a magnetic field; but that very small effects are experienced by other fluids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1961


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