Steady-state heat transfer from vertical fins protruding upwards from horizontal bases

Chun Wah Leung, S. D. Probert

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The values of the geometric parameters corresponding to the optimal design of a finned heat-exchanger, so that it exhibits the maximum steady-state rate of heat-transfer performance in atmospheric air, have been identified. The most influential parameter is the separation between the parallel vertical fins. For heat-exchange base temperatures at up to 40 K above that of the ambient environment, the value of this optimal separation is approximately 10 mm. The corresponding approximate optimal values of the Duralumin fins' thickness and length are 2 mm and 250 mm respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-101
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Institute of Energy
Issue number451
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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