(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Two large thin aluminum plates, the first polished (emittance = 0.05 and the second painted black, are placed horizontally outdoors, where they are cooled by air at 283K. The heat transfer coefficient is 5 W/m^2-K on both the top and bottom. The top is irradiated with 750 W/m^2 and it radiates to the sky at 170K. The earth below the plate is black at 283K. Find the equilibrium temperature of each plate.

2. Relevant equations

Q_conv = hA(Ts-Tenv)

Q_rad = e*sigma(Ts^4-Tsurr^)

3. The attempt at a solution

First I started by thinking about what equilibrium temperature is and I think its the change in heat transfer in the plate is zero.

Second, I drew a figure and I labeled the directions, we have the 750 W/m^2 going into the plate, radiation coming out, and convection going out from both the top and bottom faces.

I attempted it with the black plate and got an answer fairly close to the answer. The answer is 303.23K and I got about 310K. However, using the same method I got an answer much higher with the polished plate which leads me to believe my approach is wrong.

Thank you for any help.

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