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Experimental Approach for Thermal Contact Resistance Estimation at the Glass / Metal Interface

[+] Author Affiliations
Bakri Abdulhay, Ali Al Shaer

Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon

Brahim Bourouga

Laboratoire de Thermocinetique de Nantes LTN, Nantes, France

Florent Alzetto

Saint Gobain R&D, Aubervilliers, France

Ahmed Elmarakbi

University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK

Paper No. FEDSM2013-16411, pp. V01CT27A005; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 1C, Symposia: Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flows; Industrial and Environmental Applications of Fluid Mechanics; Issues and Perspectives in Automotive Flows; Liquid-Solids Flows; Multiscale Methods for Multiphase Flow; Noninvasive Measurements in Single and Multiphase Flows; Numerical Methods for Multiphase Flow; Transport Phenomena in Energy Conversion From Clean and Sustainable Resources; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing Processes; Transport Phenomena in Mixing; Turbulent Flows: Issues and Perspectives
  • Incline Village, Nevada, USA, July 7–11, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5556-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


An experimental device is designed and developed in order to estimate thermal conditions at the Glass / Metal contact interface. The device is made of two parts: the upper part contains the tool (piston) made of bronze and a heating device to raise the temperature of the piston to 700° C. The lower part is composed of a lead crucible and a glass sample. The assembly is provided with a heating system, an induction furnace of 6 kW for heating the glass up to 950° C. Both parts are put in contact through a mechanical system consisting of a pneumatic cylinder sliding on a column and a pump providing the required pressure in the enclosure. The developed experimental procedure has permitted the estimation of the Thermal Contact Resistance TCR using a developed measurement principle based on an inverse technique. The semi-transparent character of the glass has been taken into account by an additional radiative heat flux and an equivalent thermal conductivity. After the set-up tests, reproducibility experiments for a specific contact pressure have been carried out. Results shows a good repeatability of the registered and estimated parameters such as the piston surface temperature, heat flux density and TCR. The maximum dispersion of the estimated TCR doesn’t exceed 6%.

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