Ray tracing method for transient coupled heat transfer in an anisotropic scattering layer

He Ping Tan, Hong Liang Yi, Ping Yang Wang, Li Ming Ruan, Wai Cheung Timothy Tong

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A radiative transfer model for a linearly or nonlinearly anisotropic scattering medium is developed by the ray tracing method. Under specular reflection, the radiative transfer coefficients of absorbing and anisotropic scattering layer with opaque boundaries are deduced. Coupled radiative and conductive heat transfer is solved. The advantage of the method is that it only needs to disperse spatial position, but not solid angle. A comparison of the present results with the previous results shows that the radiative transfer coefficients of an anisotropic scattering slab are correct. The influence of optical thickness, surface emissivity, spectrum characteristics, albedo, and boundary conditions on the transient temperature and the heat flux distribution are analyzed. According to analyzed results of linear scattering and nonlinear scattering, it is found that the ratio of two-dimensionless heat fluxes with two different scattering phase functions is a monotone function of optical thickness. It can be used as a benchmark to verify the results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4045-4059
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number19-20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Anisotropic scattering
  • Coupled radiative and conductive heat transfer
  • Opaque boundaries
  • Radiative transfer coefficients
  • Scattering phase functions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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