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Materila paramters

  1. May 21, 2009 #1
    Hi everyone...

    I am doing a heat transfer simulation problem related with silicon, silicon dioxide and Nickel.... I would like to get some parametres like heat transfer coeffecient(h), emmisivity (e) etc of these materials .....has anyone got this data or can anyone suggest me a link to get these data...
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  3. May 21, 2009 #2


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    Those aren't really material properties, they are more geometry and actual problem based. You'll need way more information.
  4. May 21, 2009 #3
    hi minger
    thanks for responding.....so how will i get those values??? is heat transfer coeffecient a geometry based function??? i am actually interested in microns and nanometre scale values...
  5. May 21, 2009 #4
    Heat is transferred by a)conduction, b)convection. and c)radiation. Is there any other way?
  6. May 22, 2009 #5


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    Yes, often times heat transfer coefficients are described in terms of the Nusselt number
    [tex]Nu_l \equiv \frac{h_l l}{k}[/tex]
    Where l is a characteristic length, h is the convection coefficient and k is the thermal conductivity.

    Now, the Nusselt number is something that can be found either experimentally, or empirically. For example, for a cylinder in cross-flow, the Number can be:
    \bar{Nu_D} = 0.3 + \frac{0.62 Re_D^{1/2}Pr^{1/3}}{[1+(0.4/Pr)^{2/3}]^{1/4}}\left[1+ \left(\frac{Re_D}{282,000}\right)^{5/8}\right]^{4/5}
    This is just a big function which is based on two simple non-dimensional parameters, Reynolds and Prandlt. From calculating this, one can go and back calculate the convection coefficient.

    However, on nano-scale things break down. You'll have to find number/results that not only apply to your geometry, but on small scale as well. I wish you luck,
  7. May 25, 2009 #6
    thanks minger..
    so u mean to say that i cant rely on the formula which u gave nw....ok then my hard time starts nw to find on the nano scale...can you tell me what those above equations will be if my crss section is a cuboid? and lso any source to find reynolds and prandlt's parametre?
  8. May 25, 2009 #7


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    A good start might be Ozsun et al.'s, "On heat transfer at microscale with implications for microactuator design," J Micromech Microeng 19 (2009).
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