# MODULE 2: Worked-out Problems

Problem 1:
The steady-state temperature distribution in a one–dimensional slab of thermal conductivity
50W/m.K and thickness 50 mm is found to be T= a+bx
2
, where a=200
0
C, b=-2000
0
C/ m
2
, T
is in degrees Celsius and x in meters.
(a) What is the heat generation rate in the slab?
(b) Determine the heat fluxes at the two wall faces. From the given temperature distribution
and the heat fluxes obtained, can you comment on the heat generation rate?

Known: Temperature distribution in a one dimensional wall with prescribed thickness and
thermal conductivity.

Find: (a) the heat generation rate, q in the wall, (b) heat fluxes at the wall faces and relation
to q.

Schematic:

Assumptions: (1) steady-state conditions, (2) one –dimensional heat flow, (3) constant
properties.

Analysis: (a) the appropriate form of heat equation for steady state, one dimensional
condition with constant properties is
3 5 2 0
.
2
.
.
m / W 10 0 . 2 K . m / W 50 ) m / CC 2000 ( 2 q
bk 2 ] bx 2 [
dx
d
k
) bx a ( dx
d
dx
d
k q
dx
dT
dx
d
K q
× = × ÷ ÷ =
÷ = ÷ =

+
÷ =

÷ =

(b) The heat fluxes at the wall faces can be evaluated from Fourier’s law,

x
' '
x
dx
dT
k ) x ( q ÷ =

Using the temperature distribution T(x) to evaluate the gradient, find

dx
d
k ) x ( q
' '
x
÷ = [a+bx
2
]= -2kbx.
The flux at the face, is then x=0

2
x
' '
2 0 ' '
x
x
' '
m / W 000 , 10 ) L ( q
m 050 . 0 ) m / C 2000 ( K . m / W 50 2 kbL 2 ) l ( q , L atX
0 ) 0 ( q
=
× ÷ × ÷ = ÷ = =
=

Comments: from an overall energy balance on the wall, it follows that
0 E E E g
.
out
.
in
.
= + ÷ 0 L q ) L ( q ) 0 ( q
.
x
' ' ' '
x
= + ÷

3 5
2 "
x
"
x
.
m / W 10 0 . 2
m 050 . 0
0 m / w 00 , 10
L
) 0 ( q ) L ( q
q × =
÷
=
÷
=
Problem 2:
Consider a solar pond having three distinct layers of water-salt solution. The top and bottom
layers are well mixed with salt. These layers are subjected to natural convention, but the
middle layer is stationary. With this arrangement, the top and bottom surfaces of the middle
layer is maintained at uniform temperature T
1
and T
2
, where T
1
>T
2
absorbed in the middle layer in the form q=Ae
-mx
, resulting in the following temperature
distribution in the central layer
C Bx e
ka
A
x T
mx
+ + ÷ =
÷
2
) (
In the above equation, k is the thermal conductivity, and the constants A (W/m
3
), a (1/m), B
(K/m) and C(K) are also known.
Obtain expressions for the interfacial heat flux from the bottom layer to the middle layer, and
from the middle layer to the top layer. Are the conditions are steady or transient? Next,
obtain an expression for the rate at which thermal energy is generated in the entire middle
layer, per unit surface area.

Known: Temperature distribution and distribution of heat generation in central layer of
a solar pond.

Find: (a) heat fluxes at lower and upper surfaces of the central layer, (b) whether
conditions are steady or transient (c) rate of thermal energy generation for the entire
central layer.

Schematic:

Assumptions: (1) central layer is stagnant, (2) one-dimensional conduction, (3)constant
properties.

Analysis (1) the desired fluxes correspond to conduction fluxes in the central layer at the
lower and upper surfaces. A general form for the conduction flux is

+ ÷ = =

+ ÷ = =

÷ =
=
÷
=
+ ÷
B
km
A
k q q B e
km
A
k q q
Hence
B e
km
A
k q
x cond u
ml
L x cond l
mx
cond
"
) 0 (
" "
0 (
"
"

(b) Conditions are steady if cT/ct=0. Applying the heat equation,

t
T 1
k
q
t
T
.
2
2
c
c
o
= +
c
c

t
e
k
A
e
k
A
mx mx
c
T c
= + ÷
÷ ÷
o
1

t
T
c
c
=0 (for all 0<=x<=L)

For the central layer, the energy generation is

) 1 ( ) 1 (
0
.
0 0
"
.
mL mL
L
mx
g
L L
g
e
a
A
e
a
A
e
a
A
E
mxdx e A qdx E
÷ ÷ ÷
÷ = ÷ ÷ = ÷ =
÷ í = í =

Alternatively, from an overall energy balance,
g
.
"
1
"
2
E q q + ÷ =0 = (-q”
cond(x=0)
)-(q”
cond(x=L)
)
"
g
.
E =
"
1
q -
"
2
q
) 1 (
.
mL mL
g e
m
A
B e
km
A
K B
km
A
k E
÷ ÷
÷ = + ÷ + =

Comments: Conduction is the negative x-direction, necessitating use of minus signs in the
above energy balance.
Problem 3:
Consider 1D heat transfer across a slab with thermal conductivity k and thickness L. The
steady state temperature is of the form T=Ax
3
+Bx
2
+Cx+D. Find expressions for the heat
generation rate per unit volume in the slab and heat fluxes at the two wall faces (i.e. x=0, L).

Known: steady-state temperature distribution in one-dimensional wall of thermal
conductivity, T(x)=Ax
3
+Bx
2
+CX+d.

Find: expressions for the heat generation rate in the wall and the heat fluxes at the two wall
faces(x=0, L).

Assumptions: (1) steady state conditions, (2) one-dimensional heat flow, (3) homogeneous
medium.

Analysis: the appropriate form of the heat diffusion equation for these conditions is
0
k
q
dx
T d
.
2
2
= + Or
2
2
.
dx
T d
k q ÷ =

Hence, the generation rate is

] B 2 Ax 6 [ k q
] 0 C Bx 2 Ax 3 [
dx
d
k
dx
dT
dx
d
q
.
2
.
+ ÷ =
+ + + ÷ =

÷ =

which is linear with the coordinate x. The heat fluxes at the wall faces can be evaluated from
Fourier’s law,
] C Bx 2 Ax 3 [ k
dx
dT
k q
2 "
x
+ + ÷ = ÷ =
Using the expression for the temperature gradient derived above. Hence, the heat fluxes are:
Surface x=0; (0)=-kC
"
x
q
Surface x=L;
"
x
q (L) = -K [3AL
2
+2BL+C]

COMMENTS: (1) from an over all energy balance on the wall, find
BkL 2 AkL 3 E
0 E ] C BL 2 AL 3 )[ K ( ) kC ( ) L ( q ) 0 ( q
0 E E E
2
' '
g
.
g
.
2
x
"
x
"
g
.
out
.
in
.
÷ ÷ =
= + + + ÷ ÷ ÷ = ÷
= + ÷

From integration of the volumetric heat rate, we can also find
BkL 2 AkL 3 E
] Bx 2 Ax 3 [ k dx ] B 2 Ax 6 [ k dx ) x ( q E
2
g
' '
.
L
0
L
0
2
.
L
0
' '
g
.
÷ ÷ =
+ ÷ = + ÷ = í =
í

Problem 4:
Consider a one dimensional system of mass M with constant properties and no internal heat
generation as shown in the figure below. The system is initially at a uniform temperature T
i
.
The electrical heater is suddenly switched ON, resulting in a uniform heat flux q”
o
at the
surface x=0 . The boundaries at x=L and elsewhere are perfectly insulated.

(a) Set up the differential equation along with the boundary and initial conditions for the
temperature T(x,t).
(b) Sketch the temperature variation with x for the initial condition (t<=0) and for several
times after the heater is switched ON. Comment whether a steady-state temperature
distribution will ever be reached.
(c) For any given time, sketch the heat flux variation with x. Choose the following
planes: x=0, x=L/2, and x=L.
(d) After time t
e
, the heater power is switched off. Assuming no heat loss, derive an
expression determine T
f
, the final uniform temperature, as a function of the relevant
parameters.

Known: one dimensional system, initially at a uniform temperature Ti, is suddenly exposed
to a uniform heat flux at one boundary while the other boundary is insulated.

Find: (a) proper form of heat diffusion equation; identify boundary and initial conditions, (b)
sketch temperature distributions for following conditions: initial condition (t<=0), several
times after heater is energized ;will a steady-state condition be reached?, (c) sketch heat flux
for x=0, L/2, L as a function of time, (d) expression for uniform temperature, Tf, reached
after heater has been switched off the following an elapsed time , te, with the heater on.]

Schematic:

Assumptions: (1) one dimensional conduction, (2) no internal heat generation, (3) constant
properties.

Analysis: (a) the appropriate form of the heat equation follows. Also the appropriate
boundary and initial conditions are:

t
T 1
x
T
2
2
c
c
o
=
c
c
Initial condition: T(x, 0) =T
i
uniform temperature

Boundary conditions: x=0 0 t ) x / T k q
0
"
o
> c c ÷ =
x=L 0 ) x / T
L
= c c Insulated

(b) The temperature distributions are as follows:

No steady-state condition will be reached since is constant. in
. .
out
in
.
E and E E ÷

(c) The heat flux as a function of time for positions x=0, L/2 and L appears as:

( d) If the heater is energized until t=t
o
and then switched off, the system will eventually reach
a uniform temperature , T
f.
Perform an energy balance on the system, for an interval of time
At=t
e
,

.
st
in
.
E E =
e s
"
o s
"
0
t
0 in in
t A q dt A q Q E
e
= í = = ) T T ( Mc E
i f st
÷ =
It follows that = OR
e s
"
o
t A q ) T T ( Mc
i f
÷ + =
i f
T T
Mc
t A q
e s
"
o

Problem 5:

A 1–m-long metal plate with thermal conductivity k=50W/m.K is insulated on
its sides. The top surface is maintained at 100
0
C while the bottom surface is
convectively cooled by a fluid at 20
0
C. Under steady state conditions and with
no volumetric heat generation, the temperature at the midpoint of the plate is
measured to be 85
0
C. Calculate the value of the convection heat transfer
coefficient at the bottom surface.

Known: length, surface thermal conditions, and thermal conductivity of a
Plate. Plate midpoint temperature.

Find: surface convection coefficient
Schematic:

Assumptions: (1) one-dimensional, steady conduction with no generation, (2)
Constant properties

Analysis: for prescribed conditions, is constant. Hence,

2 / L
T T
q
2 1 "
cond
÷
= =
2
0
m / W 1500
k . m / W 50 / m 5 . 0
C 15
=

K . m / W 30 h
m / W 1500
W / K . m ) h / 1 02 . 0 (
C 30
) h / 1 ( ) k / L (
T T
" q
2
2
2
0
1
=
=
+
=
+
÷
=
·

Comments: The contributions of conduction and convection to the thermal
resistance are

W / K . m 033 . 0
h
1
R
W / K . m 02 . 0
K
L
R
2
cond , t
"
2
cond , t
"
= =
= =

Problem 6:
The wall of a building is a multi-layered composite consisting of brick (100-mm
layer), a 100-mm layer of glass fiber(paper faced. 28kg/m
2
), a 10-mm layer of
gypsum plaster (vermiculite), and a 6-mm layer of pine panel. If h
inside
is
10W/m
2
.K and h
outside
is 70W/m
2
.K, calculate the total thermal resistance and the
overall coefficient for heat transfer.

Known: Material thickness in a composite wall consisting of brick, glass fiber,
and vermiculite and pine panel. Inner and outer convection coefficients.

Find: Total thermal resistance and overall heat transfer coefficient.

Schematic:

K
b
K
gl
Brick
Gypsum glass
Pine panel,K
p
100mm 10mm 6mm
hi=10W/m
2.
K
h
0
=70W/m
2
.K
0
h
1
b
b
K
L
gl
l
g
k
L
gy
gy
k
L
p
p
K
L
i
h
1
Assumptions: (1) one dimensional conduction, (2) constant properties, (3)
negligible contact resistance.

Properties: T= 300K: Brick, k
b
=1.3 W/m.K: Glass fiber (28kg/m
3
), k
g1
=
0.038W/m.K: gypsum, k
gy
=0.17W/m.K: pine panel, k
p
=0.12W/m.K.

Analysis: considering a unit surface Area, the total thermal resistance

W / K .. m 93 . 2 R
W / K . m ) 1 . 0 0500 . 0 0588 . 0 6316 . 2 0769 . 0 0143 . 0 ( R
W
K . m
10
1
12 . 0
006 . 0
17 . 0
01 . 0
038 . 0
1 . 0
3 . 1
1 . 0
70
1
R
h
1
K
L
k
L
k
L
K
L
h
1
R
2 "
tot
2 "
tot
2
"
tot
i p
p
gy
gy
1 g
1 g
B
B
0
"
tot
=
+ + + + + =

+ + + + + =
+ + + + + =

The overall heat transfer coefficient is

. K . m / W 341 . 0 U
) W / K . m 93 . 2 (
R
1
A R
1
U
2
1 2
tot
"
tot
=
= = =
÷

Comments: an anticipated, the dominant contribution to the total resistance is

Problem 7:
The wall of an oven is a composite of the following layers. Layers A has a
thermal conductivity k
A
=20W/m.K, and layer C has a thermal conductivity
k
C
=50W/m.K. The corresponding thicknesses are L
A
=0.30m and L
C
=0.15m,
respectively. Layer B is sandwiched between layers A and C, is of known
thickness, L
B
=0.15m, but unknown thermal conductivity k
B.
operating conditions, the outer surface temperature is measured to be
T
s,0
=200C. Measurements also tell us that the inner surface temperature T
s,i
is
600
0
C and the oven air temperature is T =800
0
C. The inside convection
coefficient h is known to be 25W/m
2
.K. Find the value of k
B
.

Known: Thickness of three material which form a composite wall and thermal
conductivities of two of the materials. Inner and outer surface temperatures of
the composites; also, temperature and convection coefficient associated with

Find: value of unknown thermal conductivity, k
B.
Schematic:

T
s
,
0
=20
0
C
L
A
=0.3m
L
B
=L
C
=0.15m
k
A
=20W/m.K
k
C
=50W/m.K
K
C

T
·
=800
0
C
h= 25W/m
2
.K

K
B
K
A

T
s,i
=600
0
C
L
A
L
B
L
C

Assumptions: (1) steady state conditions, (2) one-dimensional conduction, (3)
constant properties, (4) negligible contact resistance, (5) negligible radiation
effects.

Analysis: Referring to the thermal circuit, the heat flux may be expressed as

2
B
B
0
C
C
B
B
A
A
0 , s i , s "
m / W
K / 15 . 0 018 . 0
580
K . m / W 50
m 15 . 0
K
m 15 . 0
018 . 0
m 3 . 0
C ) 20 600 (
K
L
K
L
K
L
T T
q
+
=
+ +
÷
=
+ +
÷
=

The heat flux can be obtained from

2 ' '
0 2
i , s
"
m / W 5000 q
C ) 600 800 ( K . m / W 25 ) T T ( h q
=
÷ = ÷ =
·

Substituting for heat flux,

. K . m / W 53 . 1 K
098 . 0 018 . 0
5000
580
018 . 0
q
580
K
15 . 0
B
"
B
=
= ÷ = ÷ =

Comments: In an over, radiation effects are likely to have a significant influence on the
net heat flux at the inner surface of the oven.
Problem 8:
A steam pipe of 0.12 m outside diameter is insulated with a 20-mm-thick layer
of calcium silicate. If the inner and outer surfaces of the insulation are at
temperatures of T
s,1
=800 K and T
s,2
=490 K, respectively, what is the heat loss
per unit length of the pipe?

Known: Thickness and surface temperature of calcium silicate insulation on
a steam pipe.

Find: heat loss per unit pipe length.

Schematic:

T
s,1
=800K
D
2
=0.16m

Steam
T
s,2
=490K
D
1
=0.12m
Calcium silicate insulation

Assumptions: (steady state conditions, (2) one-dimensional conduction, (3)
constant properties.

Properties: calcium silicate (T=645K): k=0.089W/m.K

Analysis: The heat per unit length is

m / W 603 q
) m 12 . 0 / m 16 . 0 ln(
K ) 490 800 )( K . m / W 089 . 0 ( 2
q
) D / D ln(
) T T ( K 2
q
q
q
'
r
'
r
1 2
2 , s 1 , s
L
r '
r
=
÷ t
=
÷ t
= =

Comments: heat transferred to the outer surface is dissipated to the surroundings
Problem 9:
A cylindrical nuclear fuel rod of 0.1m dia has a thermal conductivity
k=0.0W/m.K and generates uniformly 24,000W/m
3
. This rod is encapsulated
within another cylinder having an outer radius of 0.2m and a thermal
conductivity of 4W/m.K. The outer surface is cooled by a coolant fluid at
100
0
C, and the convection coefficient between the outer surface and the coolant
is 20W/m
2
.K. Find the temperatures at the interface between the two cylinders
and at the outer surface.

Known: A cylindrical rod with heat generation is cladded with another cylinder
whose outer surface is subjected to a convection process.
Find: the temperature at the inner surfaces, T
1,
and at the outer surface, T
c
.

Schematic:

conduction, (3), negligible contact resistance between the cylinders.

Analysis: The thermal circuit for the outer cylinder subjected to the
convection process is

o
'
2
2
1 o '
1
r 2 h
1
R
k 2
r / r ln
R
t
=
t
=

Using the energy conservation requirement, on the inner cylinder,

g
.
out
.
E E =

Find that

2
1
.
1
'
r q q t × =

The heat rate equation has the form hence , R / T q
'
.
A =

' ' '
2
'
1
'
i
R / T andq ) R R ( q T T A = × × = ÷
·

Numerical values:
m / W 0 . 754 m ) 1 . 0 ( m / W 000 , 24 q
W / m . K 0398 . 0 m 20 . 0 2 K . m / W 20 / 1 R
W / m . K 0276 . 0 K . m / W 4 2 / 1 . 0 / 2 . 0 ln R
2 2 3 '
2 '
2
'
1
= × t × =
= × t × =
= × t =

Hence
C 130 30 100 W / m . K 0398 . 0 m / W 0 . 754 C 100 T
C 8 . 150 8 . 50 100 W / m . K ) cccc 0276 . 0 ( m / W 0 . 754 C 100 T
0 0
C
0 0
i
= + = × + =
= + = + × + =

Comments: knowledge of inner cylinder thermal conductivity is not
needed.
Problem 10:
A steel cable having a diameter of 0.005m and an electrical resistance of 6*10
-4

/m carries an electrical current of 700 A. The surrounding temperature of the
cable is 300°C, and the effective coefficient associated with heat loss by
convection and radiation between the cable and the environment is
approximately 25W/m
2
.K.

(a) If the cable is uncoated, what is its surface temperature?

(b) If a very thin coating of electrical insulation is applied to the cable, with a
contact resistance of 0.02m
2
K/W, what are the insulation and cable surface
temperatures?

(c) What thickness of this insulation (k=0.5W/m.K) will yields the lowest
value of the maximum insulation temperature? What is the value of the
maximum temperature when the thickness is used?

Known: electric current flow, resistance, diameter and environmental
conditions associated with a cable.

Find: (a) surface temperature of bare cable, (b) cable surface and insulation
temperatures for a thin coating of insulation, (c) insulation thickness which
provides the lowest value of the maximum insulation temperature.
Corresponding value of this temperature.
Schematic:

T

T
s
E
g
q

Assumptions: (1) steady-state conditions, (2) one-dimensional conduction in r,
(3) constant properties.

Analysis: (a) the rate at which heat is transferred to the surroundings is fixed by
the rate of heat generation in the cable. Performing an energy balance for a
control surface about the cable, it follows that or, for the bare cable,

q Eg
.
=
/ 10
4
O
÷
. m / W 294 ) m 6 ( ) A 700 ( R I withq ). T T )( L D ( h L R I
2 '
e
2 '
s i
'
e
2
= × = = ÷ t =
·

It follows that

C 7 . 778 T
) m 005 . 0 ( ) K . m / W 25 (
m / W 294
C 30
D h
q
T T
0
s
2
0
i
'
s
=
t
+ =
t
+ =
·

(b) With thin coating of insulation, there exists contact and convection
resistances to heat transfer from the cable. The heat transfer rate is
determined by heating within the cable, however, and therefore remains the
same,
h
1
R
) T T ( D
q
L D h
1
L D
R
T T
L D h
1
R
T T
q
c , t
s i '
i i
c , t
s
i
c , t
s
+
÷ t
=
t
+
t
· ÷
=
t
+
÷
=
·
·

And solving for the surface temperature, find

C 1153 T
C 30
W
K . m
04 . 0
W
K . m
02 . 0
) m 005 . 0 (
m / W 294
T
h
1
R
D
q
T
0
s
0
2 2
c , t
i
'
s
=
+
|
|
.
|

\
|
+
t
= +
|
.
|

\
|
+
t
=
·

The insulation temperature is then obtained from

e , t
s
R
T T
q
·
÷
=

Or
C 7 . 778 T
) m 005 . 0 (
W
K . m
02 . 0
m
W
294
C 1153
L D
R
q C 1153 qR T T
0
i
2
0
i
c , t
"
0
c , t s i
=
t
×
÷ =
t
÷ = ÷ =

(c) The maximum insulation temperature could be reduced by reducing the
resistance to heat transfer from the outer surface of the insulation. Such a
reduction is possible D
i
<D
cr.

m 02 . 0
K . m / W 25
K . m / W 5 . 0
h
k
r
2
cr
= = =

Hence, D
cr =
0.04m> D
i =
0.005m. To minimize the maximum temperature, which
exists at the inner surface of the insulation, add insulation in the amount.

m t
m D D D D
t
i cr i
0175 . 0
2
) 005 . 0 04 . 0 (
2 2
0
=
÷
=
÷
=
÷
=

The cable surface temperature may then be obtained from
( )
C 318.2 T
π(0.005m)
W
.K m
0.02
m
W
294
C 692.5
L πD
R
q T qR T T
/R T T q , that g recognizin
C 692.5 T
2.25m.K/W
C 30 T
0.32)m.K/W 0.66 (1.27
C 30 T
m
W
294
hence,
π(0.04m)
.K m
W
25
1
) 2ππ(0.5W/.
005) ln(0.04/0.
π(0.005m)
.K/W 0.02m
C 30 T
hππ
1
2ππ
) /D ln(D
πD
R
T T
q
0
i
2
0
i
"
c t,
s c, t, s i
c, t, i s
0
s
0
s
0
s
2
2
0
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. q 'x (l)  2kbL  2  50W / m. ' q 'x (0)  q '' x (L)  q L  0 . is then x=0 q x ( x )  k '' q '' x (0)  0 ' atX  L.050m .K (2000 0 C / m 2 )  0. find d [a+bx2]= -2kbx. it follows that E in  E out  E g  0 . q . dx The flux at the face.' q 'x ( x )  k dT dx x Using the temperature distribution T(x) to evaluate the gradient.000 W / m 2 Comments: from an overall energy balance on the wall.00w / m 2  0 x x   2. .050m q '' x (L)  10.0  10 5 W / m 3 L 0. q " (L)  q " (0) 10.

(b) whether conditions are steady or transient (c) rate of thermal energy generation for the entire central layer. Obtain expressions for the interfacial heat flux from the bottom layer to the middle layer. Find: (a) heat fluxes at lower and upper surfaces of the central layer. per unit surface area. Schematic: Assumptions: (1) central layer is stagnant. resulting in the following temperature distribution in the central layer A T ( x)   2 e mx  Bx  C ka In the above equation. where T1>T2. Are the conditions are steady or transient? Next. A general form for the conduction flux is . and from the middle layer to the top layer. (3)constant properties. but the middle layer is stationary. and the constants A (W/m3). a (1/m). Known: Temperature distribution and distribution of heat generation in central layer of a solar pond. B (K/m) and C(K) are also known. Analysis (1) the desired fluxes correspond to conduction fluxes in the central layer at the lower and upper surfaces. Solar radiation is absorbed in the middle layer in the form q=Ae-mx .Problem 2: Consider a solar pond having three distinct layers of water-salt solution. These layers are subjected to natural convention. the top and bottom surfaces of the middle layer is maintained at uniform temperature T1 and T2. The top and bottom layers are well mixed with salt. With this arrangement. k is the thermal conductivity. obtain an expression for the rate at which thermal energy is generated in the entire middle layer. (2) one-dimensional conduction.

" E g = q1 .q" = (-q”cond(x=0))-(q”cond(x=L)) 2 Eg  k . from an overall energy balance.  A mx A mx 1  e  e  k k  t T =0 t (for all 0<=x<=L) For the central layer. . A A mL A BK e  B  (1  e mL ) km km m Comments: Conduction is the negative x-direction.A mx   " qcond   k e B  km  Hence A ml  "  A   " "  B ql"  qcond ( x L 0   k e  B  qu  qcond ( x0 )  k   km   km  (b) Conditions are steady if T/t=0. the energy generation is L L E g   0 qdx  A  0 e  mxdx ." Alternatively. necessitating use of minus signs in the above energy balance. Applying the heat equation. A mx L A A e   (e mL  1)  (1  e mL ) 0 a a a . " q "  q1  E g =0 2 . " Eg   .  2 T q 1 T    2 t k  t Hence conditions are steady since .

Hence. L). (3) homogeneous medium. Assumptions: (1) steady state conditions. the heat fluxes are: q" (0)=-kC Surface x=0. Find expressions for the heat generation rate per unit volume in the slab and heat fluxes at the two wall faces (i. find E in  E out  E g  0 q " x (0)  q " x (L)  ( kC)  ( K )[3AL2  2BL  C]  E g  0 E g  3AkL2  2BkL . Hence. the generation rate is q . '' g  3AkL2  2BkL . Find: expressions for the heat generation rate in the wall and the heat fluxes at the two wall faces(x=0. Known: steady-state temperature distribution in one-dimensional wall of thermal conductivity. x=0. The steady state temperature is of the form T=Ax3+Bx2+Cx+D. From integration of the volumetric heat rate. d  dT  d 2  dx   k dx [3Ax  2Bx  C  0] dx   q  k[6Ax  2B] which is linear with the coordinate x. . x Surface x=L. L). . The heat fluxes at the wall faces can be evaluated from Fourier’s law.e. '' . L E . T(x)=Ax3+Bx2+CX+d. q" (L) = -K [3AL2+2BL+C] x COMMENTS: (1) from an over all energy balance on the wall.Problem 3: Consider 1D heat transfer across a slab with thermal conductivity k and thickness L. Analysis: the appropriate form of the heat diffusion equation for these conditions is . . . '' . dT q "  k  k[3Ax 2  2Bx  C] x dx Using the expression for the temperature gradient derived above. we can also find L L E g   0 q( x )dx    k[6Ax  2B]dx  k[3Ax 2  2Bx]0 0 . d 2T q  0 dx 2 k Or d 2T q  k 2 dx . (2) one-dimensional heat flow.

Find: (a) proper form of heat diffusion equation. Tf. reached after heater has been switched off the following an elapsed time . 0) =Ti uniform temperature x 2  t q "   kT / x ) 0 t  0 Boundary conditions: x=0 o . Comment whether a steady-state temperature distribution will ever be reached. (c) sketch heat flux for x=0. (a) Set up the differential equation along with the boundary and initial conditions for the temperature T(x. the final uniform temperature. Analysis: (a) the appropriate form of the heat equation follows. L/2. L as a function of time. Choose the following planes: x=0. the heater power is switched off. Assuming no heat loss.will a steady-state condition be reached?. Also the appropriate boundary and initial conditions are:  2 T 1 T  Initial condition: T(x. (d) After time te.] Schematic: Assumptions: (1) one dimensional conduction. (b) sketch temperature distributions for following conditions: initial condition (t<=0). x=L/2. (2) no internal heat generation. The electrical heater is suddenly switched ON. as a function of the relevant parameters. Known: one dimensional system. (b) Sketch the temperature variation with x for the initial condition (t<=0) and for several times after the heater is switched ON. derive an expression determine Tf . identify boundary and initial conditions.Problem 4: Consider a one dimensional system of mass M with constant properties and no internal heat generation as shown in the figure below. resulting in a uniform heat flux q”o at the surface x=0 . The boundaries at x=L and elsewhere are perfectly insulated. is suddenly exposed to a uniform heat flux at one boundary while the other boundary is insulated. several times after heater is energized . initially at a uniform temperature Ti. (c) For any given time. sketch the heat flux variation with x.t). (d) expression for uniform temperature. and x=L. te. with the heater on. The system is initially at a uniform temperature Ti. (3) constant properties.

x=L T / x ) L  0 Insulated (b) The temperature distributions are as follows: No steady-state condition will be reached since E in  E out and E in is constant. . L/2 and L appears as: . the system will eventually reach a uniform temperature . t E in  Q in   0e q " A s dt  q " A s t e 0 o E st  Mc(Tf  Ti ) q" A s t e o Mc It follows that q " A s t e = Mc(Tf  Ti ) o OR Tf  Ti  . Tf. for an interval of time t=te. . ( d) If the heater is energized until t=to and then switched off. E in  E st . . (c) The heat flux as a function of time for positions x=0. Perform an energy balance on the system.

02  1 / h )m 2 .033m 2 .K / W K 1   0. the temperature at the midpoint of the plate is measured to be 850C. Known: length. steady conduction with no generation. T1 T2 15 0 C =  1500W / m 2 L / 2 0. Plate midpoint temperature.k T1  T 30 0 C q"    1500W / m 2 (L / k )  (1 / h ) (0. Under steady state conditions and with no volumetric heat generation. surface thermal conditions.cond  R " t .02m 2 .K / W q"  cond h  30W / m 2 .cond L  0. is constant. The top surface is maintained at 1000C while the bottom surface is convectively cooled by a fluid at 200C.K / W h .K is insulated on its sides.K Comments: The contributions of conduction and convection to the thermal resistance are R " t .5m / 50W / m. Hence. (2) Constant properties Analysis: for prescribed conditions.Problem 5: A 1–m-long metal plate with thermal conductivity k=50W/m. Find: surface convection coefficient Schematic: Assumptions: (1) one-dimensional. Calculate the value of the convection heat transfer coefficient at the bottom surface. and thermal conductivity of a Plate.

(2) constant properties.3 W/m. kgy=0. kg1= Analysis: considering a unit surface Area. (3) negligible contact resistance.Problem 6: The wall of a building is a multi-layered composite consisting of brick (100-mm layer).K h0=70W/m2.K: pine panel.Kp Kb Kgl hi=10W/m2. kb=1. a 10-mm layer of gypsum plaster (vermiculite). 28kg/m2). a 100-mm layer of glass fiber(paper faced. glass fiber. 0. and vermiculite and pine panel. Find: Total thermal resistance and overall heat transfer coefficient. Known: Material thickness in a composite wall consisting of brick. and a 6-mm layer of pine panel.17W/m.038W/m. Properties: T= 300K: Brick. the total thermal resistance . Schematic: Brick glass Gypsum Pine panel.K: gypsum. calculate the total thermal resistance and the overall coefficient for heat transfer. Inner and outer convection coefficients.K 100mm 10mm 6mm 1 h0 Lb Kb Lg l k gl L gy k gy Lp Kp 1 hi Assumptions: (1) one dimensional conduction.12W/m.K. If hinside is 10W/m2.K and houtside is 70W/m2.K.K: Glass fiber (28kg/m3). kp=0.

0769  2.K  1 0.1 0. .17 0.0143  0.K / W tot R "  2.K.K / W ) 1 U  0.0500  0.R"  tot R" tot 1 L B L g1 L gy L p 1      h 0 K B k g1 k gy K p h i 0. Comments: an anticipated.12 10  W R "  (0.0588  0.01 0.3 0.341W / m 2 . the dominant contribution to the total resistance is made by the insulation..93m 2 .006 1  m 2 .1)m 2 .038 0.1         70 1.6316  0.K / W tot The overall heat transfer coefficient is U 1 R tot A  1 R " tot  (2.93m 2 .

(4) negligible contact resistance. the outer surface temperature is measured to be Ts.K KA KB KC LA=0. Layer B is sandwiched between layers A and C.i is 6000C and the oven air temperature is T =8000C. is of known thickness. and layer C has a thermal conductivity kC=50W/m.15m.K LA LB LC Assumptions: (1) steady state conditions. Inner and outer surface temperatures of the composites. Analysis: Referring to the thermal circuit.3m LB=LC=0. respectively.K.0=200C. Find: value of unknown thermal conductivity.15m.i=6000C T=8000C h= 25W/m2.K kC=50W/m.0=200C Ts.K. Layers A has a thermal conductivity kA=20W/m. the heat flux may be expressed as . Measurements also tell us that the inner surface temperature Ts.30m and LC=0. (5) negligible radiation effects.Problem 7: The wall of an oven is a composite of the following layers. (2) one-dimensional conduction. Known: Thickness of three material which form a composite wall and thermal conductivities of two of the materials. Under steady-state operating conditions.15m kA=20W/m. temperature and convection coefficient associated with adjoining gas. Find the value of kB. The inside convection coefficient h is known to be 25W/m2. (3) constant properties. but unknown thermal conductivity kB. kB.K. Schematic: Ts. also. The corresponding thicknesses are LA=0. LB=0.

018  0.q"  Ts.K (800  600) 0 C q ''  5000W / m 2 Substituting for heat flux. radiation effects are likely to have a significant influence on the net heat flux at the inner surface of the oven.i T s .018 KB 50W / m.K.15 / K B The heat flux can be obtained from q "  h (T  Ts.018   0.53W / m.15 580 580  "  0.3m 0.018  0.098 KB 5000 q K B  1. Comments: In an over. . 0.15m 0.15m LA LB LC     0.0 (600  20) 0 C  0.K KA KB KC  580 W / m2 0.i )  25W / m 2 .

1=800K D2=0. (2) one-dimensional conduction.Problem 8: A steam pipe of 0. Find: heat loss per unit pipe length.089 W / m. (3) constant properties. respectively.16m / 0. If the inner and outer surfaces of the insulation are at temperatures of Ts.16m Steam D1=0.1=800 K and Ts.12m) q 'r  603W / m Comments: heat transferred to the outer surface is dissipated to the surroundings by convection and radiation.2=490 K.12 m outside diameter is insulated with a 20-mm-thick layer of calcium silicate. Schematic: Ts.2=490K Assumptions: (steady state conditions.K )(800  490)K ln(0. .1 T s.089W/m.K Analysis: The heat per unit length is q 'r  q 'r  q r 2K (Ts.12m Calcium silicate insulation Ts. what is the heat loss per unit length of the pipe? Known: Thickness and surface temperature of calcium silicate insulation on a steam pipe. 2 )  qL ln(D 2 / D1 ) 2(0. Properties: calcium silicate (T=645K): k=0.

Find the temperatures at the interface between the two cylinders and at the outer surface. Schematic: Assumptions: (1) steady-state conditions. negligible contact resistance between the cylinders.K. Known: A cylindrical rod with heat generation is cladded with another cylinder whose outer surface is subjected to a convection process.1m dia has a thermal conductivity k=0.2m and a thermal conductivity of 4W/m.K. T1.0W/m. The outer surface is cooled by a coolant fluid at 1000C.000W/m3. Analysis: The thermal circuit for the outer cylinder subjected to the convection process is . and the convection coefficient between the outer surface and the coolant is 20W/m2. (2) one-dimensional radial conduction. This rod is encapsulated within another cylinder having an outer radius of 0. Find: the temperature at the inner surfaces. and at the outer surface.K and generates uniformly 24. Tc.Problem 9: A cylindrical nuclear fuel rod of 0. (3).

2 / 0.m / W  100  50.0398K.0276  cccc)K. Numerical values: R '2  1 / 20 W / m 2 .0W / m  (0.K  2  0. The heat rate equation has the form q  T / R ' . hence ' Ti  T  q '  (R 1  R '2 )andq '  T / R ' ' R 1  ln 0. E out  E g .K  0.m / W  100  30  130 0 C Comments: knowledge of inner cylinder thermal conductivity is not needed.m / W q '  24.' R1  ln ro / r1 2k 2 1 h 2ro R '2  Using the energy conservation requirement.0W / m Hence Ti  100 0 C  754.m / W .20m  0.0398K. on the inner cylinder.1 / 2  4W / m.0W / m  0.8  150.8 0 C TC  100 0 C  754. Find that q '  q1  r12 .000 W / m 3    (0.0276K. . .1) 2 m 2  754.

with a contact resistance of 0.005m and an electrical resistance of 6*10-4 /m carries an electrical current of 700 A.K) will yields the lowest value of the maximum insulation temperature? What is the value of the maximum temperature when the thickness is used? Known: electric current flow. . diameter and environmental conditions associated with a cable. what is its surface temperature? (b) If a very thin coating of electrical insulation is applied to the cable. and the effective coefficient associated with heat loss by convection and radiation between the cable and the environment is approximately 25W/m2. Schematic: Ts T∞ q Eg Assumptions: (1) steady-state conditions. Find: (a) surface temperature of bare cable. Corresponding value of this temperature. what are the insulation and cable surface temperatures? (c) What thickness of this insulation (k=0.Problem 10: A steel cable having a diameter of 0. (3) constant properties.02m2K/W. (a) If the cable is uncoated.5W/m. The surrounding temperature of the cable is 300°C.K. (b) cable surface and insulation temperatures for a thin coating of insulation. (c) insulation thickness which provides the lowest value of the maximum insulation temperature. (2) one-dimensional conduction in r. resistance.

and therefore remains the same. Performing an energy balance for a control surface about the cable.c  11530 C  D i L 294 W m 2 . it follows that E g  q or.e Or Ti  Ts  qR t .02   30 0 C R t .K  0.005m) .c 1 R t . for the bare cable. The heat transfer rate is determined by heating within the cable.7 0 C (b) With thin coating of insulation. however. q Ts  T Ts  T  1 R t .withq '  I 2 R 'e  (700A) 2 (6  10 4  / m)  294 W / m. It follows that Ts  T  294W / m q'  30 0 C  hD i (25W / m 2 .Analysis: (a) the rate at which heat is transferred to the surroundings is fixed by the rate of heat generation in the cable.005m)  W W    Ts  q' D i Ts  11530 C The insulation temperature is then obtained from q Ts  T R t . find 1 294W / m  m 2 .7 0 C R " t . .005m) Ts  778.K m 2 . I 2 R 'e L  h (D i L)(Ts  T ).c   hD i L D i L hD i L D i (Ts  T ) 1 R t .K )(0.c  h q'  And solving for the surface temperature.c    T   0.K    0.02 m W (0.c  11530 C  q Ti  778. there exists contact and convection resistances to heat transfer from the cable.04   h (0.

5 0 C recognizing that . Dcr =0. Ti  318.K/W Ts  692.K 294  0. W m 2 .005m) effect of reducing the maximum insulation temperature from 778.70C with no insulation or fro 11530C with a thin coating. Such a reduction is possible Di<Dcr. rcr  k 0.20C.c m W  Ts  q  692. To minimize the maximum temperature.c.27  0.02m h 25W / m 2 .70C to 318.005)m   2 2 2 t  0.66  0.04m) m 2 . add insulation in the amount.005m) 2ππ(0. Ti  Ts  qR t.r Ts  30 0 C  0.04  0.K   0. Ts  30 0 C Ts  30 0 C W  294  m (1.0175m t The cable surface temperature may then be obtained from q  '` R "t.c.005)   π(0. Comments: use of the critical insulation in lieu of a thin coating has the . ) 1 25 W π(0.005m. which exists at the inner surface of the insulation.25m.K hence.04/0.K/W ln(0.02 R "t. Use of the critical insulation thickness also reduces the cable surface temperatures to 692.c πD i  Ts  T ln(D c.5 0 C  πD i L π(0.2 0 C q  Ts  Ti /R t.32)m. D0  Di Dcr  Di (0.5W/.02m 2 .50C from 778.K Hence.(c) The maximum insulation temperature could be reduced by reducing the resistance to heat transfer from the outer surface of the insulation.5W / m.04m> Di =0.r /D i ) 2ππ  1 hππ c.K/W 2.