The upper and lower bounds of the effective thermal conductivity range of packed beds of spheres is evaluated using the theoretical approach of the volume averaging method for a two-phase system. The solid mechanics and thermal problems are resolved by considering the effects of superficial roughness and pressure. The numerical solutions to the problem of thermal conduction through the periodic regular arrangement of stainless steel and aluminum spheres in the air are determined using the finite element method. As regards to the aluminum spheres, the influence of oxide stratum on the effective thermal conductivity is also considered. Finally, empirical equations are proposed for periodic regular arrangements of stainless steel and aluminum spheres.

THE EFFECTIVE THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF PACKED BEDS OF SPHERES FOR A FINITE CONTACT AREA

BUONANNO, Giorgio;
2000

Abstract

The upper and lower bounds of the effective thermal conductivity range of packed beds of spheres is evaluated using the theoretical approach of the volume averaging method for a two-phase system. The solid mechanics and thermal problems are resolved by considering the effects of superficial roughness and pressure. The numerical solutions to the problem of thermal conduction through the periodic regular arrangement of stainless steel and aluminum spheres in the air are determined using the finite element method. As regards to the aluminum spheres, the influence of oxide stratum on the effective thermal conductivity is also considered. Finally, empirical equations are proposed for periodic regular arrangements of stainless steel and aluminum spheres.
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