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Effect of Variable Thermal Conductivity on Heat Transfer From a Hollow Sphere With Heat Generation Using Homotopy Perturbation Method

[+] Author Affiliations
Zafar H. Khan, Rahim Gul

CIIT-COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan

Waqar A. Khan

National University of Sciences and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan

Paper No. HT2008-56448, pp. 301-309; 9 pages
  • ASME 2008 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the Fluids Engineering, Energy Sustainability, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 1
  • Jacksonville, Florida, USA, August 10–14, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4847-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3832-3
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Homotopy perturbation method (HPM) is employed to investigate steady-state heat conduction with temperature dependent thermal conductivity and heat generation in a hollow sphere. Analytical models are developed for dimensionless temperature distribution and heat transfer using mixed boundary conditions (Dirichlet, Neumann and Robin). The effects of dimensionless heat generation parameter and temperature dependent thermal conductivity on temperature distribution and heat transfer from hollow spheres are analyzed graphically. It is demonstrated that the heat transfer is strongly dependent on the dimensionless heat generation parameter and temperature dependent thermal conductivity. Finally the HPM results are compared with Kirchhoff Transformation results.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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