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ASEN 3113 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

Homework #7
Assigned: November 7, 2006
Due: November 14, 2006 (class time)
(Total points noted in each section; must clearly show equations with values and units, drawings,
assumptions, etc.)
1. (20 points, 15 points for equations, 5 points for correct answer)
A 3-mm diameter and 10-m long electric wire is tightly wrapped with a 2-mm thick plastic cover
whose thermal conductivity is k = 0.16 W/(m* C). Electrical measurements indicate that a
current of 12 Amps passes through the wire and there is a voltage drop of 6.5 Volts along the
wire. If the insulation is exposed to a medium at T = 30 C, with a heat transfer coefficient of
h = 20 W/(m2* C), determine (a) the temperature at the interface of the wire and the plastic
cover in steady operation. Also determine (b) if doubling the thickness of the plastic cover will
increase or decrease this interface temperature.
Bonus (10 points) Plot a graph of interface temperature C vs. total radius (wire and plastic cover
thickness) for the range of 2-mm to 20-mm in 1mm divisions on the plot. What temperature is
Must show individual work for plot. Place your name in the title of the plot along with the
homework assignment number and problem.
Solution:
At steady conditions, the rate of heat transfer from the wire is equal to the heat generated within
the wire,
W VI 6.5V 12 A 78W
Q
e

Rconv

h0 A0 20W

R plastic

0.007m10m
m C

0.227 C

ln r2 r1
ln 7 3

0.08428 C

W
2kL
2 0.14W m C 10m

RTotal 0.312 C

(a) Then the interface temperature becomes

T T 2
Q 1
T1 T Q RTotal 30 C 78W 0.312 C W 54.3 C
Rtotal

(b) The critical radius of plastic insulation is

rcr

0.16 W m C
k

0.008m 8.0mm

h
20 W m 2 C

Doubling the thickness of the plastic cover will increase the outer radius of the wire to 7mm,
which is less than the critical radius of insulation. Therefore, doubling the thickness of the
plastic cover will increase the rate of heat loss and decreases the interface temperature.

2. (20 points, 15 points for equations, 5 points for correct answer)

Steam in a heating system flows through pure Copper tubes whose outer diameter is 5-cm and
whose outside surfaces are maintained at a temperature of 180 C. Pure Copper fins [k = 389 W/
(m* C)] of outer diameter 6-cm and constant thickness 1-mm are attached to the Copper tube.
The space between the fins is 3-mm and thus there are 250 fins per m length of the tube. Heat is
transferred to the surrounding air at T = 25 C, with a heat transfer coefficient of h = 60 W/(m2*
C). Determine (a) the increase in heat transfer from the tube per meter of its length as a result of
adding fins. Assume that the temperature of the surfaces of the fins and tube is 180 C.
Hint: See pg 456, Figure 8-145 for a diagram of the geometry, but the material and heat transfer
variables have been changed from problem 8-145. Use Figure 8-60 to determine the efficiency of
the fins (closest guess is ok for this chart, but show your equations and values that you use with
this chart).
Bonus: (40 points)
You just started your first engineering job and your boss explains that the copper used for this fin
design is too expensive. Use your engineering judgment and explain what you would do to make
a more cost effective design. What kind of trade off would you have to make? Sizing? Material?
Number of Fins? Size of the fins? Heat transfer performance vs. cost? There is no right or
wrong answer on this bonus, but you must write up a convincing argument (1 paragraph, typed)
and one plot to show that you can apply your engineering judgment. If you are uncertain about
material costs, call a supply store and get the pricing for copper tubing, sheets of copper, or
tubing and sheeting for other materials. Use your best available information to derive costs.
This is the type of activity you would be expected to do in a real engineering job. Points
awarded for clarity (10), neatness (10), persuasiveness (10), and engineering judgment (10).
Convince your new boss that you know how to present your ideas so that you can get that pay
raise.
Solution:
In case of no fins, heat transfer from the tube per meter of its length is
Anofin D1 L 0.05m 1m 0.1571m 2

Q nofin hAnofin Tb T 60 W 2 0.1571m 2 180 25 C 1461W

m C

The efficiency of these circular fins can be determined from Fig 8-60 to be
L D2 D1 / 2 0.06 0.05 / 2 0.005m

r2 t 2 0.03 0.001 / 2

1.22
r1
0.025

t
L
2

h
0.001

0.005

kt
2

60 W m 2 C
0.0683
389 W m C 0.001m

Eyeballing the Figure 8-60, nfin = 0.97

Heat transfer from a single fin is

A fin 2 r22 r12 2r2 t 2 0.03 2 0.025 2 2 0.03 0.001 0.00192m 2

Q fin fin Q fin ,max fin hA fin Tb T 0.97 60 W m 2 C 0.00192m 2 180 25 C 17.32W

Heat transfer from a single unfinned portion of the tube is

Aunfin D1 s 0.025m 0.003m 0.000236m 2

2
2

Q
180 25 C 2.19W
fin hAunfin Tb T 60 W m C 0.000236 m

There are 250 fins and thus 250 inter-fin spacing per meter length of the tube. The total heat
transfer from the finned tube is then determined from

Q total , fin n Q fin Q unfin 25017.32 2.19 4878W

Therefore the increase in heat transfer from the tube per meter of its length as a result of the

3. (20 points, 15 points for equations, 5 points for correct answer)

The temperature of a gas stream is to be measured by a thermocouple whose junction can be
approximated as a 1.2 mm diameter sphere. The properties of the junction are k = 30 W/(m*C),
= 8700 kg/m3 and Cp = 320 J/(kg*C), and the heat transfer coefficient between the junction and
the gas is h = 70 W/(m2*C). Determine how long it will take for the thermocouple to read 99
percent of the initial temperature difference.
Solution:
The characteristic length of the junction and the Biot number are
Lc
Bi

V
Asurface

D 3 / 6 D 0.0012

0.0002m
6
6
D 2

hLc
70W / m 2 C 0.0002m

0.00046 0.1
k
30W / m C

Since Bi < 0.1, the lumped system analysis is applicable. Then the time period for the
thermocouple to read 99% of the initial temperature difference is determined from

T (t ) T
0.01
Ti T
b

hA
h
70W / m 2 C

0.1257 s 1
3

C pV C p Lc
8700kg / m 320 J / kg C 0.0002m

1
T (t ) T
e bt 0.01 e 0.1257 s t t 36.7 s
Ti T

4. (20 points, 15 points for equations, 5 points for correct answer)

An ordinary egg can be approximated as a 5.5 cm diameter sphere whose properties are roughly
those of water at room temperature [k = 0.6 W/(m*C) and = 0.14 x 10-6 m2/s]. The egg is
initially at a uniform temperature of 8 C and is dropped into boiling water at 97 C. Taking the
convection heat transfer coefficient to be h = 1400 W/m2*C, determine how long it will take for
the center of the egg to reach 70C.
Solution:
The Biot number for this process is
Bi

hr0
1400W / m 2 C 0.0275m

64.2
k
0.6W / m C

The constants 1 and A1 corresponding to this Biot number are from Table 9-1.
1 = 3.0863
A1 = 1.9969
Then the Fourier number becomes
o , sph

2
2
To T
70 97
A1e 1
3.0897 e 1.9969 0.582 0.2
Ti T
8 97

Therefore, the one term approximate solution (or the transient temperature charts) is applicable.
Then the time required for the temperature of the center of the egg to reach 70 C is determined
to be
t

5. (20 points, 15 points for equations, 5 points for correct answer)

Solar radiation is incident on the glass cover of a solar collector at a rate of 700W/m^2. The
glass transmitters 88% of the incident radiation and has an emissivity of 0.90. The entire hot
water needs of a family in summer can be met by two collectors 1.2 m high and 1 m wide. The
two collectors are attached to each other on one side so that they appear like a single collector
1.2 x 2 m in size. The temperature of the glass cover is measured to be 35C on a day when the
surrounding air temperature is 23C and the wind is blowing at 30 km/hr. The effective sky

temperature for radiation exchange between the glass cover and the open sky is -40C. Water
enters the tubes attached to the absorber plate at a rate of 1kg/min. Assuming the back surface of
the absorber plate to be heavily insulated and the only heat loss occurs through the glass cover,
determine: a) the total rate of heat loss from the collector, b) the collector efficiency, which is the
ratio of the amount of heat transferred to the water to the solar energy incident on the collector
and c) the temperature rise of the water as it flows through the collector.
Soln:
The properties of air at the film temperature of (35+23)/2 = 29C are
k = 0.0261 W/m C
= 1.57x10-5 m2/s
Pr = 0.712
a) Assuming wind flows across 2m surface, the Reynolds number is determined from
Re L

V L (30 x1000 / 3600) m / s (2m)

1.062 x10 6
5
2

1.57 x10 m / s

Which is greater then the critical Reynolds number (5x105). Using the Nusselt number
relation for combined laminar and turbulent flow, the average heat transfer coefficient is
determined to be:

Nu

hL
(0.037 Re 0.8 871) Pr 1 / 3 [0.037(1.062 x10 6 ) 0.8 871](0.712)1 / 3 1409.6
k

k
0.0261W / mC
Nu
(1409.6) 18.4W / m 2 C
L
2m

Then the rate of heat loss from the collector by convection is

Q conv hA(T Ts ) (18.4W / m 2 C )(2 x1.2m 2 )(35 23)C 530W

4
)

(0.90)( 2 x1.2m 2 )(5.67 x10 8 W / m 2 C )[(35 273K ) 4 ( 40 273K ) 4 )] 732W

And
Q total Q conv Q rad 530 732 1262W

collector

Q net
216.4W

0.146
Qin
1478.4W

c) The temperature rise of the water as it flows through the collector is

Q net
216.4W
C p T m

Q net m

3.1C
C p T (1 / 60kg / s )(4180 J / kg C )