Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 648–653

A numerical analysis to the non-linear fin problem


DOI: 10.1631/jzus.A0720024

Cite this article as:
Cortell, R. J. Zhejiang Univ. Sci. A (2008) 9: 648. doi:10.1631/jzus.A0720024


In this paper a numerical analysis is carried out to obtain the temperature distribution within a single fin. It is assumed that the heat transfer coefficient depends on the temperature. The complete highly non-linear problem is solved numerically and the variations of both, dimensionless surface temperature and dimensionless surface temperature gradient as well as heat transfer characteristics with the governing non-dimensional parameters of the problem are graphed and tabulated.

Key words

Fins Ordinary differential equations (ODEs) Numerical solution Heat transfer 

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© Zhejiang University and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied PhysicsPolytechnic University of ValenciaValenciaSpain

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