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: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

  1. Dec 18, 2009 #1
    URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Given a very long cylinder of inner R1 = 0,01 m, outer radius R2 = 0,1 m, that transports water at 150ºC, and surrounded by air at 25ºC, find the temperature gradient value at R = 0,07m. [tex]\lambda[/tex] = 500 kcal/mhºC

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My question is more theorical than anything. I'm assuming estationary regime, and that the temperatures of the water and the air are uniform. Then, shouldn't the temperature gradient value be the same at any point? How am I supposed to calculate it for a certain point?

    I know that for a cylinder, the heat transfer Q = -[tex]\lambda[/tex]*grad(T) = -[tex]\lambda[/tex]*2[tex]\pi[/tex]*R*L*(Tinside - T1)/(ln (R/R1)). But I just don't see it.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Dec 18, 2009 #2
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    This is just a guess, but I take it to mean the radial distance from the center. That is, the pipe is made up of a wall .09m thick and .01m radius for the space in which the water flows (otherwise, what does inner and outer radius mean?) The gradient is in the pipe material, otherwise you'd have a jump from 150 C to 25 C where the gradient is undefined
     
  4. Dec 19, 2009 #3
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    Yes, but shouldn't the gradient in the pipe be the same for every R?

    It's a hollow cylinder, that's what I meant with "inner radius".
     
  5. Dec 19, 2009 #4
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    Maybe since the area increases as you move from the inner wall to the outer wall, the gradient must decrease so that the rate of heat flow is constant.

    Oh, and shouldn't the equation be Q = -lambda*A*grad(T) rather than Q= -lambda*grad(T)?
     
  6. Dec 19, 2009 #5
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    Isn't that one the equation for power?
     
  7. Dec 19, 2009 #6
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    I think you're right, it should be dQ/dt in my equation. But I still think what I said makes sense since it looks like your original equation is the heat flux according to wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conduction_(heat [Broken])

    I'm not really sure what the answer to this is, though; I'm just trying to figure it out too :)
     
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  8. Dec 19, 2009 #7

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    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    You can divide the hollow cylinder into infinitely many hollow cylinders with thickness of dr. Since dr is infinitesimal, the surface area inside and outside the cylinder are both 2*pi*r*L. The heat conduction equation gives Q=-lambda*A*dT/dr, where Q is constant. Integration will easily give you T as a function of r.
     
  9. Dec 19, 2009 #8
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    Isn't that the equation for the power conducted? I thought Q was measured in J/m2.s, and, given the units or lambda, I would get J/s, which is power.

    Anyway, supposing you're right, let me see if I understood well.

    First I integrate to get the expression of that Q in terms of r. I get Q = -[tex]\lambda[/tex]2*[tex]\pi[/tex]*L/(ln(R/R1))*(T - T1), being R1 the distance between the center of the hollow cylinder and the inner wall, and T1 the temperature inside. Then, given my R = 0,07 m, I can calculate T in R.

    Then how do I replace this information so that I get the gradient of temperature in R? Do I have to assume grad(T) = (T - T1)/(R)?

    Thanks
     
  10. Dec 19, 2009 #9

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    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    Q is the heat transferred in unit time from the hot inner part to the cold outer part of the cylinder. You can get it from the equation you derived by replacing R2 for R and T2 for T.

    [tex]Q = -\lambda *2\pi *L/(ln(R2/R1))*(T2 - T1)[/tex]

    You can assume stationary state, that is, the temperature does not change with time and depends only on R. In this case, the transferred heat is the same across any cylindrical surface with radius R. You derived the formula for Q as function of R and T. You know Q, so you can find the T(R) function, and its gradient, too.

    ehild
     
  11. Dec 19, 2009 #10
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    OK, thanks.

    I have another question, regarding a non-stationary state problem:

    A body of mass M = 1kg, specific heat capacity c = 0,84 J/g°C, temperature T0 = 40°C and surface S = 100 cm2 is dropped into a fluid of temperature [tex]\theta[/tex] = 20°C. It receives net heat per unit of time dQ/dt = 58 J/s. Assuming it has a conductivity [tex]\lambda[/tex] = infinite and emisivity [tex]\epsilon[/tex] = 0, find the expression of its temperature as function of time. If now [tex]\epsilon[/tex] isn't 0, find the differential equation for the body's heating.

    My question is, this is a Newton's Law of Cooling problem, right? Since [tex]\lambda[/tex] = infinite, Biot's number is 0 (much smaller than 1). The thing is that I thought that the equation for the heat transfer was based on convection. That is:

    dQ/dt = h.S.([tex]\theta[/tex] - T(t)).

    But I am not given h. How am I supposed to do this?

    Thanks
     
  12. Dec 19, 2009 #11

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    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    This has nothing to do with convection, Newton's laws of cooling, or Biot's number. Since Q=mc*delta-T, dQ/dt = mc*(delta-T/dt), so temperature rises linearly with time. The purpose of setting lambda=infinity is so the entire body of mass 1 kg has uniform temperature throughout.
     
  13. Dec 19, 2009 #12
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    OK, but how does it rise linearly with time, if it submerged in a fluid colder than the body itself? By definition, heat should be pouring out of the body and into the fluid, right?
     
  14. Dec 19, 2009 #13

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    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    My bad, it cools linearly with time.
     
  15. Dec 19, 2009 #14
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    But there's a problem with the solution you gave: if it goes as dQ/dt = m.c.dT/dt, then dT grows linearly, since dQ/dt > 0, and forever: then there's no Tf. And then I'm not using the [tex]\theta[/tex] temperature at all. I'm not considering the enviroment.

    What do I do there?
     
  16. Dec 20, 2009 #15

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    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    The body gains heat at the rate of 58 J/s, and losses heat because of heat transfer to the environment.

    [tex]dQ/dt=58-h*A(T-\theta)[/tex] 1.)

    A is the surface area of the body and h is the heat transfer coefficient, its value is missing, but you can see the form of solution without knowing its numerical value.

    Because of the net heat gained or lost, the temperature of the body changes at a rate dT/dt:

    [tex]dQ/dt=c*m*dT/dt[/tex] 2.)

    Comparing 1.) and 2.), you get a differential equation for T(t):

    [tex]
    c*m*dT/dt=58-h*A(T-\theta)
    [/tex]



    This is an inhomogeneous linear first-order equation, easy to solve with the starting condition T(0)=40 oC.

    ehild
     
  17. Dec 20, 2009 #16
    Re: URGENT: Heat transfer - temperature gradient value at a certain point

    Got it. Thanks.
     
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