Inverse problem in determining convection heat transfer coefficient of an annular fin

Wen Lih Chen, Yu Ching Yang, Haw Long Lee

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In this study, a conjugate gradient method based on an inverse algorithm is applied to estimate the unknown space and time dependent convection heat transfer coefficient of an annular fin. While knowing the temperature or strain history at the measuring positions of the fin, the convection heat transfer coefficient between the fin and the ambient fluid can be successfully computed. No prior information is needed on the functional form of the unknown convection heat transfer coefficient; and thus, the present study is classified as the function estimation inverse calculation. A particular feature in this study is that the thermal and strain fields are coupled, which makes solving the inverse problem a highly challenging task. The accuracy of the inverse analysis is examined by using the simulated temperature or strain measurements. Results show that excellent estimations of the convection heat transfer coefficient, temperature distributions and thermal stress distributions can be obtained for all the cases considered in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1081-1088
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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