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American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2020, 8(3), 106-110
DOI: 10.12691/ajme-8-3-2
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Why Heat Transfer Coefficients Are Unnecessary and Undesirable, and How Heat Transfer Problems Are Solved without Them

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Pub. Date: September 17, 2020

Cite this paper:
Eugene F. Adiutori. Why Heat Transfer Coefficients Are Unnecessary and Undesirable, and How Heat Transfer Problems Are Solved without Them. American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2020; 8(3):106-110. doi: 10.12691/ajme-8-3-2

Abstract

For 200 years, convective heat flux q has been calculated by multiplying heat transfer coefficient h times boundary layer temperature difference ΔT. Since h times ΔT equals q, h must be a symbol for (q/ΔT) because (q/ΔT) times ΔT equals q. h (ie q/ΔT) is generally calculated from correlations derived from experiments in which q data and ΔT data are used to obtain (q/ΔT){ΔT} correlations-ie h{ΔT} correlations. (It is not possible to obtain h data because h is not a parameter. h is the ratio of two parameters). Heat transfer coefficients are unnecessary and undesirable. It is self-evident that any problem that can be solved using q, q/ΔT (ie h), and ΔT can also be solved using only q and ΔT. Therefore h (ie q/ΔT) is unnecessary. h (ie q/ΔT) is undesirable because, when q is a nonlinear function of ΔT (as in free convection, condensation, and boiling), h (ie q/ΔT) is an extraneous variable, and it greatly complicates problem solutions. When h has been abandoned, convective heat flux is determined from q{ΔT} correlations that result from q data and ΔT data, or from the transformation of h{ΔT} correlations. (Transformation from h{ΔT} correlations to q{ΔT} correlations requires that h be replaced by q/ΔT, and that q and ΔT be separated.). The text includes example problems that validate the conclusion that h (ie q/ΔT) is unnecessary and undesirable, and demonstrate that the solution of nonlinear problems is much simpler if h is abandoned.