Combination of Heat Transfer Resistances
Heat loss from a warm room through a wall to the cold outside involves three heat transfer steps in a series: (i) convection at the inside surface of the wall; (ii) conduction through the wall; and (iii) convection on the outside of the wall. Next, consider a fireplace fire. Here heat reaches the room by radiation from the flames and also by convection of moving air. These processes occur in parallel. There are many processes like these which involve a number of heat transfer steps, sometimes in a series, sometimes in parallel, sometimes in a more involved way.
KeywordsHeat Transfer Heat Transfer Coefficient Radiation Heat Transfer Cold Fluid Heat Transfer Resistance
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