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I What is the most efficient radiator shape?

  1. May 28, 2018 #1
    What is the highest efficiency (electromagnetic) radiator shape? Meaning, a shape with the highest radiated power/volume (radiated power is in this case dependent only on surface area and how much of the radiation is reabsorbed by the radiatior)
     
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  3. May 28, 2018 #2

    anorlunda

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    Do you mean antenna design? It depends on frequency.
     
  4. May 28, 2018 #3
    No, I mean an engine radiator, emitting infrared at about 250 Kelvin
     
  5. May 28, 2018 #4

    berkeman

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    That makes no sense to me.

    Please help us to help you.

    Do you mean like the radiator in the front of your car? Or radiators on spacecraft to shed excess heat? Please don't keep us guessing. Can you use Google Images to find an image of the kinds of "radiators" that you are asking about?
     
  6. May 29, 2018 #5
    I'm talking about a radiator that exchanges heat only by thermal radiation - no convection or heat conduction *out* from it. Somewhat similar to a spacecraft radiator, but without constraints on weight and portability. I should also add that a single flat surface is not what im after, even though it's probably the most radiative per volume.
     
  7. May 29, 2018 #6
    Nevermind, actually a flat, as thin as possible plane could work, and it's indeed mathematically the most efficient shape for a radiator! neat, sorry for the confusion guys :)
     
  8. May 29, 2018 #7

    anorlunda

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    It appears that the OP answered his own question. There is nothing more to add. Thread locked.
     
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