Scaling, Similarity and Dimensionless Parameters in Convective Heat Transfer
The continuity, momentum and energy differential equations derived based on the fundamental conservation laws provide a comprehensive description of convective heat transfer. These equations, however, are so complicated that they present insurmountable mathematical difficulties. Very few exact solutions to these equations have been found, which represent very simple flow systems. Hence, the development of convective heat transfer has depended heavily on experimental research, and solutions of real problems usually involve a combination of analytical and experimental information.
KeywordsHeat Transfer Heat Transfer Coefficient Nusselt Number Convective Heat Transfer Knudsen Number
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