Transient free convection about vertical plates and circular cylinders

Richard J Goldstein, D. G. Briggs

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An analysis is made of the transient free-convection, heat-transfer problem from vertical flat plates and vertical circular cylinders to a surrounding initially quiescent fluid. The transient is initiated by a change in wall temperature of the plate or cylinder. A method of predicting the length of time for which a one-dimensional regime of velocity and heat transfer will exist is proposed and solutions are presented. Good agreement is found with the few existing data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-500
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Heat Transfer
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1964


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