Presents a finite‐difference solution to transient free convection flow past a semi‐infinite vertical plate in which the plate temperature T¢w(x) varies as the power of the axial co‐ordinate in the form T¢• + axn. Gives numerical results for fluids with Prandtl numbers Pr = 0.7 (air) and Pr = 7 (water) for three representative exponent values under non‐uniform surface heating conditions. Finds that the time to reach the steady‐state increases as the value of n or Pr increases. The steady‐state local skin‐friction falls by increasing the exponent n and Pr; however, the steady‐state local Nusselt number increases with n at a distance along the plate far away from the leading edge but decreases with increasing n near the leading edge of the plate. Also, the average Nusselt number increases and the average skin‐friction decreases as n increases because of enhanced heating of the plate.
Takhar, H., Ganesan, P., Ekambavanan, K. and Soundalgekar, V. (1997), "Transient free convection past a semi‐infinite vertical plate with variable surface temperature", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 280-296. https://doi.org/10.1108/09615539710165804Download as .RIS
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