Date: November 1, 1943
Creator: Joyner, Upshur T
Description: Experimental results of tests made at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory are presented to show how heat-transfer coefficients can he increased by a method utilizing the high rate of heat transfer known to exist on any heat-transfer surface in the region adjacent to the edge on which the cooling or heating fluid impinges. The results show that, for the same pressure drop, the average surface heat-transfer.coefficient can be increased 50 to 100 percent when a cooling surface having a length of four inches in the direction of fluid flow is cut to form twenty fins with a length of 0.2 inch in the direction of fluid flow and the fins are sharpened and staggered in the air stream. The percentage of increase in the surface heat-transfer coefficient obtained as a result of shortening the length of the cooling surface varies with the pressure drop of the cooling fluid in passing the surface, the increase being largest when small pressure drop is used and smallest when high pressure drop is used.
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