Application of Laser Holographic Interferometry to Natural Convection in Enclosures

  • Walter P. SchimmelJr.


The understanding of the natural convection processes occurring within and around a closed vessel is crucial to many proposed “alternate” energy schemes. Solar energy extraction, for example, is concerned with both convective losses from the collectors and long term stability of liquid filled thermal storage tanks. With respect to the nuclear industry, a long list of natural convection in enclosures exists. Transportation of spent fuel and storage of thermally active wastes are only two of the problems falling into this category.


Heat Transfer Coefficient Test Section Natural Convection Circular Cylinder Spend Fuel 
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    Schimmel, W. P., Jr., “An Optical Measurements Laboratory for Determining Heat Transfer Coefficients,” SAND76–0162, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 87115, June 1976.Google Scholar
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    Larson, D. W., Gartling, D. K., and Schimmel, W. P., Jr., “Computational and Experimental Methods for Enclosed Natural Convection,” SAND77–0645, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 87115, June 1977.Google Scholar

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© Purdue Research Foundation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter P. SchimmelJr.
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  1. 1.Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer Division 1261Sandia LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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