Combination of Heat Transfer Resistances

  • Octave Levenspiel
Part of the The Plenum Chemical Engineering Series book series (PCES)


Heat loss from a warm room through a wall to the cold outside involves three heat transfer steps in a series: (i) convection at the inside surface of the wall; (ii) conduction through the wall; and (iii) convection on the outside of the wall. Next, consider a fireplace fire. Here heat reaches the room by radiation from the flames and also by convection of moving air. These processes occur in parallel. There are many processes like these which involve a number of heat transfer steps, sometimes in a series, sometimes in parallel, sometimes in a more involved way.


Heat Transfer Heat Transfer Coefficient Radiation Heat Transfer Cold Fluid Heat Transfer Resistance 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Octave Levenspiel
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  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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