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Influence of Contact Mechanics in the Prediction of the Effective Thermal Conductivity of Spheroid Packed Beds

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G. Buonanno, A. Carotenuto, G. Giovinco, L. Vanoli

Università di Cassino, Cassino, Italy

Paper No. HT2003-47351, pp. 441-448; 8 pages
  • ASME 2003 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 1
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 21–23, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3693-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3679-7
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Thermal contact conductance is an important parameter in a wide range of thermal phenomena, and consequently a large number of experimental, numerical and statistical investigations have been carried out in literature. In the present paper an analysis of thermal contact resistance is carried out to predict heat transfer between spherical rough surfaces in contact, by means of a statistical approach. The micro-geometry of the surface is described through a probabilistic model based on the peak height variability and invariant asperity curvature radius. The numerical model has been applied to evaluate the effective thermal conductivity of packed beds of steel spheroids and validated through the comparison with the experimental data obtained by means of an apparatus designed and build up for this purpose.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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