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Heat Transfer by Natural Convection from a Vertical and Horizontal Surfaces Using Vertical Fins

DOI: 10.4236/epe.2009.12013, PP. 85-89

Keywords: natural convection, horizontal and vertical plate, fins, Nusselt number

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Natural convective heat transfer from a heated horizontal and vertical surfaces directly exposed into air which vertical fins, attached to a surface, project vertically downwards has been numerically studied. It has been assumed that the fins are everywhere at the temperature of the surface. The governing equations, written in dimensionless form, have been solved using the finite element procedure. The results show that vertical plate with vertical fins gives the best performance for natural cooling.


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