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Transient Convective Heat Transfer for Laminar Boundary Layer Flow with Effects of Wall Capacitance and Resistance

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Transient forced convective heat transfer from a laminar boundary layer flow over a flat plate with appreciable thermal capacity and resistance is studied analytically. In the analysis, the flow is assumed to be steady and incompressible and the solid plate is subjected to a uniform step heat input at the lower surface. The integral method is utilized to reduce systems of nonlinear partial differential equations to a single integrodifferential equation in terms of interfacial temperature which is then solved with the aid of finite difference technique. Numerical results for the fluid-solid interface temperature, heat transfer coefficient, and temperature distributions within the fluid and solid are presented. Some limiting solutions are found to agree well with the results of the previous theoretical analyses.

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Journal of Heat Transfer