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Studies In Small Scale Thermal Convection, Daniel F. Stranges Nov 2014

Studies In Small Scale Thermal Convection, Daniel F. Stranges

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The effect of non-Fourier heat transfer and partial-slip boundary conditions in Rayleigh-Bénard are analyzed theoretically. Non-Fourier fluids possess a relaxation time that reflects the delay in the response of the heat flux to a change in the temperature gradient while the partial slip boundary condition assumes that the fluid velocity and temperature are not equal to that of the wall. Both non-Fourier and partial-slip effects become important when small-scale heat transfer applications are investigated such as convection around micro- and nano-devices as suggested by the extended heat transport equations from kinetic theory. Other applications are also known to exhibit one ...


Digital Generation And Radiation In Spherical-Void-Phase Porous Media, Nolan J. Dyck Sep 2014

Digital Generation And Radiation In Spherical-Void-Phase Porous Media, Nolan J. Dyck

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This thesis documents a novel method for method to generate digital samples of spherical void phase foams to predict effective hydraulic, thermal and radiative properties with the intention of assessing the viability of carbon foam as a volumetric solar receiver. The method employs discrete element modeling software to simulate the compression of spherical bubbles into a fully periodic, cubic domain. These domains were subsequently used to determine a variety of effective transport properties to be used in porous media design problems. The predicted properties agreed well with those obtained through experimental and other numerical methods, notably predicting more accurate properties ...