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An experimental study of heat transfer to flowing granular media


Spelt, Jan Karel (1982) An experimental study of heat transfer to flowing granular media. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/dw3p-ac27.


The convective heat transfer to a flowing, cohesionless granular material has been studied experimentally. Heat-transfer rates were measured for two materials from a heated plate installed in the floor of an inclined, open chute. The variable parameters were the bed depth and the mass flow rate.

At relatively small flow rates the heat-transfer rate increased with velocity in agreement with earlier studies. As the mass flow rate continued to rise however, it was discovered that the heat-transfer coefficient for a given bed depth reached a maximum and then decreased.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Brennen, Christopher E. (advisor)
  • Sabersky, Rolf H. (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1982
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-09112006-112612
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ID Code:3459
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Deposited On:27 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2021 23:16

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