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steves1080

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Thanks for checking out my post! I have a question for you heat transfer savvy folks.

I have a pretty large enclosure (SA = 107,300 sq in.) made of 1/4" thick stainless steel, and has a 1-inch thick layer of insulation lining the inside of the wall. The purpose of this proposed enclosure is to protect water pipes from freezing during the winter. I found a 1.8 kW convection heater that I'd like to use, so I took a cut at a calculation to figure out if that'd be enough heat input to maintain 50 degrees inside the enclosure. I am assuming a worst case outside ambient air temperature of -10 degrees F, so that's a difference of 60 degrees. I also assumed that the steel plays no impact as a thermal barrier (to be conservative), and that the air provides a light film layer of insulation on either side of the wall. The resources I've looked at said that the heat transfer coefficient for the air film layer should be somewhere in the range of 5 - 37 W/m2K, so I plugged in both of those and found a lower and upper limit for the heat input required. The range I am getting is 3.7 kW to 6.6 kW, which shows that the 1.8 kW might be too small. Does this seem reasonable? I know it's a large surface area and a big delta T, but I don't have much experience here. I attached my calculation below, so any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

-Mike

I have a pretty large enclosure (SA = 107,300 sq in.) made of 1/4" thick stainless steel, and has a 1-inch thick layer of insulation lining the inside of the wall. The purpose of this proposed enclosure is to protect water pipes from freezing during the winter. I found a 1.8 kW convection heater that I'd like to use, so I took a cut at a calculation to figure out if that'd be enough heat input to maintain 50 degrees inside the enclosure. I am assuming a worst case outside ambient air temperature of -10 degrees F, so that's a difference of 60 degrees. I also assumed that the steel plays no impact as a thermal barrier (to be conservative), and that the air provides a light film layer of insulation on either side of the wall. The resources I've looked at said that the heat transfer coefficient for the air film layer should be somewhere in the range of 5 - 37 W/m2K, so I plugged in both of those and found a lower and upper limit for the heat input required. The range I am getting is 3.7 kW to 6.6 kW, which shows that the 1.8 kW might be too small. Does this seem reasonable? I know it's a large surface area and a big delta T, but I don't have much experience here. I attached my calculation below, so any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

-Mike