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Rectangular Fin Heat Transfer

by kdb12
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Mar20-13, 12:42 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A straight, rectangular fin made from 2024 aluminium has a thickness of t = 3mm and length L = 20mm. Base temperature is 100 C and it is exposed to a fluid at 20 C.
h = 60 W/m^2-K
k = 185 W/m-K

(a) Determine the heat transfer rate from the fin to the fluid per unit length
(b) Repeat (a) if the fin is made of copper (h = 400 W/m^2-K)

2. Relevant equations

ηo = 1 - (NAc/At) (1-ηf)
At = NAc+Ab

3. The attempt at a solution

nf = tanh(mLc)/mLc

(I know this equation is right, but I'm lost from this point forward. Any help would be excellent.)
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Mar20-13, 05:50 PM
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Do you know how to write the steady state differential heat balance equation for a cooling fin, including the conductive heat transfer along the fin and the convective heat transfer from the fin to the surrounding air? If so, lets see it.

Mar20-13, 06:15 PM
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There's formulas for's really plug and chug, you're given everything you need.

You need to calculate your m and M

for a rectangular fin m=(2h/kt)^1/2; plug in your h, k and thickness

For a rectangular fin M= (2hw^2tk)^1/2 *(tb-tinfinity) again substitute your h,k, width and thickness.

Now that you have M and m you can just apply the formula, you have everything you need.

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