CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO EN CIENCIAS APLICADAS "DR. JORGE J. RONCO"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Evaluation of the spreading thermal resistance for rough spheres
LUZI, C. D.; KEEGAN, S. D.; MARIANI, N. J.; BARRETO, G. F.
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Año: 2015 vol. 86 p. 826 - 826
The solid?solid contact of rough spherical particles in packed beds takes place by the deformation of individual asperities that transmit the stresses to the main body of the particles. This causes an elastically deformed area (a disk of radius a, most usually much smaller than the particle radius) enclosing the micro-contacts. Micro thermal resistances around the contact spots can be described in terms of a profile of thermal conductance h(r) that decreases toward the disk edge. An additional thermal resistance, the spreading resistance, is caused by the convergence of flux lines in the bulk of the spheres towards the reduced section of the disk. The described mechanism has been modeled by Bahrami et al. (2006) and a formulation was provided to predict the contribution of contact areas to the effective thermal conductivity. The spreading resistance Ω_a is re-evaluated in this work on account of the h(r) profile, by means of numerical calculations. It is found that the shape of h(r) has a large impact on Ω_a and a weaker, but still significant, effect on the overall contact resistance. The results of Ω_a have been suitably correlated for a conductance profile of the form h(r) = h0[1 - (r/a)^2]^p.