- Lim, J.S. and Bejan, A. and Kim, J.H., Optimal thickness of a wall with convection on one side,
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 35 no. 7
pp. 1673 - 1679 [0017-9310(92)90138-I] .
(last updated on 2007/04/06)
This paper documents the conjugate heat transfer through a wall with nonuniform thickness, which is lined on one side by a boundary layer. In the first part, variational calculus shows that the total heat transfer rate is minimized when the wall thickness decreases in an optimal manner in the direction of flow. The reductions in total heat transfer rate are significant when the Biot number is smaller than 1. In the second part of the study, the complete problem of a laminar forced convection boundary layer coupled with conduction through a variable-thickness wall is solved numerically. Means for calculating the total heat transfer rate are reported graphically. It was again found that the total heat transfer rate decreases when the wall profile is tapered so that the wall thickness decreases in the direction of flow.
Walls (structural partitions);Mathematical models;Wall flow;Boundary layer flow;