Laminar Flow Forced Convection Heat Transfer Behavior of a Phase Change Material Fluid in Finned Tubes Academic Article uri icon


  • The heat transfer behavior of phase change material fluid (PCM) under laminar flow conditions in circular tubes and internally longitudinal finned tubes was studied. An effective specific heat technique was used to model the phase change process. Heat transfer results for a smooth circular tube with PCM fluid were obtained under hydrodynamically and thermally fully developed conditions. Results for the finned tube were obtained using the H2 and T boundary conditions. It was determined that the Nusselt number was strongly dependent on the Stefan number, fin thermal conductivity value, and height of the fins.

author list (cited authors)

  • Ravi, G., Alvarado, J. L., Marsh, C., & Kessler, D. A

complete list of authors

  • Ravi, Gurunarayana||Alvarado, Jorge L||Marsh, Charles||Kessler, David A

publication date

  • January 1, 2009 11:11 AM