Title page for ETD etd-08252008-161949

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hawkins, L. E.
URN etd-08252008-161949
Title Analysis of vertical channel flow and heat transfer using the finite-element method
Degree PhD
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Nelson, Douglas J. Committee Chair
Johsnon, L. W. Committee Member
Moses, Hal L. Committee Member
Ng, Fai Committee Member
Vick, Brian L. Committee Member
  • Heat
Date of Defense 1990-08-05
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This investigation addresses the problem of numerically predicting the heat transfer rates between parallel surfaces of the type found in electronic equipment. This has been accomplished through a unique application of the finite-element method for transient or steady-state, two-dimensional mixed convection heat transfer with surface radiation. The approach was specifically geared toward implementation on present engineering workstations. Results are presented for mixed-convection in vertical channels using the full-elliptic form of the Navier-Stokes equations with radiation effects included. The results show that the heat transfer and flow solutions can be significantly affected when not using common approximations and simplifications.

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