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Convection Heat Transfer
Third edition
by Adrian Bejan

A revised edition of the industry classic, Heat-Transfer Calculations, 3rd edition shows how the field of heat transfer has grown and prospered over the last two decades. Readers will find this edition more accessible, while not sacrificing its thorough treatment of the most up-to-date information on current research and applications in the field.

Features include:

  • Updated and expanded coverage of convection in porous media, focusing on microscale heat exchangers and optimization of flow configurations
  • Emphasis on original and effective methods such as scale analysis, heatlines for visualization, intersection of asymptotes for optimization, and constructal theory for thermofluid design
  • A readable text in the tradition of the bestselling First Edition
  • New problems and examples taken from real-world practice and heat exchanger design
  • Problems at the end of each chapter


List of Symbols

Fundamental Principles

  • Mass Conservation
  • Force Balances (Momentum Equations)
  • First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Rules of Scale Analysis
  • Heatlines for Visualizing Convection

Laminar Boundary Layer Flow

  • Fundamental Problem in Convective Heat Transfer
  • Concept of Boundary Layer
  • Velocity and Thermal Boundary Layers
  • Integral Solutions
  • Similiarity Solutions
  • Other Wall Heating Conditions
  • Effect of Longitudinal Pressure Gradient: Flow Past a Wedge and Stagnation Flow
  • Effect of Flow through the Wall: Blowing and Suction
  • Effect of Conduction across a Solid Coating Deposited on a Wall
  • Entropy Generation Minimization in Laminar Boundary Layer Flow
  • Heatlines in Laminar Boundary Layer Flow

Laminar Duct Flow

  • Hydrodynamic Entrance Length
  • Fully Developed Flow
  • Hydraulic Diameter and Pressure Drop
  • Heat Transfer to Fully Developed Duct Flow
  • Heat Transfer to Developing Flow
  • Optimal Cooling of a Stack of Parallel Heat-Generating Plates
  • Heatlines in Fully Developed Duct Flow
  • Optimal Duct Shape for Minimum Flow Resistance
  • Optimization of Duct Layout: Tree-Shaped Networks

External Natural Convection

  • Natural Convection as a Heat Engine in Motion
  • Laminar Boundary Layer Equations
  • Scale Analysis
  • Integral Solution
  • Similarity Solution
  • Uniform Wall Heat Flux
  • Effect of Thermal Stratification
  • Conjugate Boundary Layers
  • Vertical Channel Flow
  • Combined Natural and Forced Convection (Mixed Convection)
  • Heat Transfer Results Including the Effect of Turbulence
  • Optimal Cooling of a Stack of Vertical Heat-Generating Plates

Internal Natural Convection

  • Transient Heating from the Side
  • Boundary Layer Regime
  • Shallow Enclosure Limit
  • Summary of Results for Heating from the Side
  • Enclosures Heated from Below.
  • Inclined Enclosures
  • Annular Space between Horizontal Cylinders
  • Annular Space between Concentric Spheres
  • Enclosures for Thermal Insulation and Mechanical Strength

Transition to Turbulence

  • Empirical Transition Data
  • Scaling Laws of Transition
  • Buckling of Inviscid Streams
  • Local Reynolds Number Criterion for Transition
  • Instability of Inviscid Flow
  • Transition in Natural Convection on a Vertical Wall

Turbulent Boundary Layer Flow

  • Large-Scale Structure
  • Time-Averaged Equations
  • Boundary Layer Equations
  • Mixing-Length Model
  • Velocity Distribution
  • Wall Friction in Boundary Layer Flow
  • Heat Transfer in Boundary Layer Flow
  • Theory of Heat Transfer in Turbulent Boundary Layer Flow
  • Other External Flows
  • Natural Convection Along Vertical Walls

Turbulent Duct Flow

  • Velocity Distribution
  • Friction Factor and Pressure Drop
  • Heat Transfer Coefficient
  • Total Heat Transfer Rate
  • More Refined Turbulence Models
  • Heatlines in Turbulent Flow near a Wall
  • Optimal Channel Spacings for Turbulent Flow

Free Turbulent Flows

  • Free Shear Layers
  • Jets
  • Plumes
  • Thermal Wakes behind Concentrated Sources

Convection with Change of Phase

  • Condensation
  • Boiling
  • Contact Melting and Lubrication
  • Melting by Natural Convection

Mass Transfer

  • Properties of Mixtures
  • Mass Conservation
  • Mass Diffusivities
  • Boundary Conditions
  • Laminar Forced Convection
  • Impermeable Surface Model
  • Other External Forced-Convection Configurations
  • Internal Forced Convection
  • Natural Convection
  • Turbulent Flow
  • Massfunction and Masslines
  • Effect of Chemical Reaction

Convection in Porous Media

  • Mass Conservation
  • Darcy Flow Model and the Forchheimer Modification
  • First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Forced Convection
  • Natural Convection Boundary Layers
  • Enclosed Porous Media Heated from the Side
  • Penetrative Convection
  • Enclosed Porous Media Heated from Below
  • Multiple Flow Scales Distributed Nonuniformly
  • Constructal Design


  • Constants and Conversion Factors
  • Properties of Solids
  • Properties of Liquids
  • Properties of Gases
  • Mathematical Formulas


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