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Heat Transfer in Aerospace Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128097601, 9780128097618

Heat Transfer in Aerospace Applications

1st Edition

Authors: Bengt Sundén Juan Fu
Paperback ISBN: 9780128097601
eBook ISBN: 9780128097618
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th October 2016
Page Count: 272
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Heat Transfer in Aerospace Applications is the first book to provide an overall description of various heat transfer issues of relevance for aerospace applications. The book contains chapters relating to convection cooling, heat pipes, ablation, heat transfer at high velocity, low pressure and microgravity, aircraft heat exchangers, fuel cells, and cryogenic cooling systems.

Chapters specific to low density heat transfer (4) and microgravity heat transfer (9) are newer subjects which have not been previously covered. The book takes a basic engineering approach by including correlations and examples that an engineer needs during the initial phases of vehicle design or to quickly analyze and solve a specific problem. Designed for mechanical, chemical, and aerospace engineers in research institutes, companies, and consulting firms, this book is an invaluable resource for the latest on aerospace heat transfer engineering and research.

Key Features

  • Provides an overall description of heat transfer issues of relevance for aerospace applications
  • Discusses why thermal problems arise and introduces the various heat transfer modes
  • Helps solve the problem of selecting and calculating the cooling system, the heat exchanger, and heat protection
  • Features a collection of problems in which the methods presented in the book can be used to solve these problems


Researchers, laboratories and consulting firms with an interest in aerospace, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and fundamental heat transfer

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Nomenclature
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    • 1.1. Heat Transfer in General
    • 1.2. Specifics for Aerospace Heat Transfer
  • Chapter 2. Ablation
    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. An Illustrative Example of Ablation
    • 2.3. Additional Information
  • Chapter 3. Aerodynamic Heating: Heat Transfer at High Speeds
    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. High Velocity Flow Along a Flat Plate
    • 3.3. Calculation of the Heat Transfer
    • 3.4. Turbulent Flow
    • 3.5. Influence of the Temperature Dependence of the Thermophysical Properties
    • 3.6. Temperature Distribution in the Boundary Layer
    • 3.7. Illustrative Example
    • 3.8. An Engineering Example of a Thermal Protection System
    • 3.9. Aerodynamic Heat Reduction
  • Chapter 4. Low-Density Heat Transfer: Rarefied Gas Heat Transfer
    • 4.1. Introduction
    • 4.2. Kinetic Theory of Gases
    • 4.3. Flow Regimes for Rarefied Gases
    • 4.4. Methods of Analysis
    • 4.5. Interaction Between Gas and Surface
    • 4.6. Heat Transfer at High Velocities
    • 4.7. Slip Flow Regime
    • 4.8. Transition Regime
    • 4.9. Free Molecular Flow Regime: The Knudsen Flow
    • 4.10. Example: Low-Density Heat Transfer
    • 4.11. Example: Heat Transfer in an Evacuated Space
    • 4.12. Microchannel Applications
  • Chapter 5. Cryogenics
    • 5.1. Introduction
    • 5.2. Kapitza Resistance
    • 5.3. Cryogenic Tanks
    • 5.4. Analysis of Pressurization and Thermal Stratification in an LH2 Tank
    • 5.5. Cryogenic Heat Transfer Characteristics
    • 5.6. Hydrogen in Aerospace Applications
  • Chapter 6. Aerospace Heat Exchangers
    • 6.1. Introduction
    • 6.2. Applications of Aerospace Heat Exchangers
    • 6.3. General Design Considerations for Aerospace Heat Exchangers
    • 6.4. Plate-Fin Heat Exchangers
    • 6.5. Printed Circuit Heat Exchangers
    • 6.6. Micro Heat Exchangers
    • 6.7. Other Aerospace Heat Exchangers
    • 6.8. Summary
  • Chapter 7. Heat Pipes for Aerospace Application
    • 7.1. Introduction
    • 7.2. General Description of Heat Pipes
    • 7.3. Capillary Limitation
    • 7.4. Other Limitations
    • 7.5. Design and Manufacturing Considerations for Heat Pipes
    • 7.6. Various Types of Heat Pipes
    • 7.7. Concluding Remarks and Summary
  • Chapter 8. Fuel Cells
    • 8.1. Introduction
    • 8.2. Types of Fuel Cells
    • 8.3. Basic Transport Processes and Operation of a Fuel Cell
    • 8.4. Aerospace Applications
  • Chapter 9. Microgravity Heat Transfer
    • 9.1. Introduction
    • 9.2. Solidification in Microgravity
    • 9.3. Gravity Effects on Single-Phase Convection
    • 9.4. Condensation Under Microgravity
    • 9.5. Boiling/Evaporation in Microgravity
    • 9.6. Microgravity Effects in Cryogenic Tanks
  • Chapter 10. Computational Methods for the Investigations of Heat Transfer Phenomena in Aerospace Applications
    • 10.1. Introduction
    • 10.2. Governing Equations
    • 10.3. Numerical Methods to Solve the Governing Differential Equations
    • 10.4. The CFD Approach
    • 10.5. Topics Not Treated
    • 10.6. Examples
    • 10.7. Conclusions
  • Chapter 11. Measuring Techniques
    • 11.1. Introduction
    • 11.2. Temperature Measurement
    • 11.3. Flow Measurement
    • 11.4. Liquid Mass Gauging in Microgravity
  • Appendix 1. Governing Equations for Momentum, Mass, and Energy Transport
    • A1.1. Continuity Equation (Mass Conservation Equation)
    • A1.2. The Navier–Stokes Equations
    • A1.3. The Boundary Layer Form of the Temperature Field Equation
    • A1.4. Boundary Layer Equations for the Laminar Case
    • A1.5. Dimensionless Groups and Rules of Similarity
  • Appendix 2. Dimensionless Numbers of Relevance in Aerospace Heat Transfer
  • Index


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About the Authors

Bengt Sundén

Bengt Sundén is Professor Emeritus and Senior Professor in Heat Transfer at Lund University in Sweden. He was previously Professor of Heat Transfer, and Head of the Department of Energy Sciences. He graduated with an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden in 1973 and presented his PhD-thesis in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in 1979, also at Chalmers University. In 1980 he was appointed Docent (the highest academic degree in Sweden) and held positions there as Research Associate, Docent and University lecturer. He has published widely on energy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Energy Sciences, Lund University, Sweden

Juan Fu

Juan Fu is a relatively recent PhD graduate working in the field of aerospace heat transfer.

Affiliations and Expertise

China Electronic System Engineering Company, Beijing, China


"I was quite excited about the book as there hasn’t been any book on heat transfer especially dedicated for the aerospace applications. The heat transfer concept has been explored and explained in many ways for various engineering applications but this First edition book describes the concept of heat transfer in the context of aerospace applications.

Overall, this is a great book to understand the nuances of heat transfer in aerospace applications." --The Aeronautical Journal

Every chapter ends with an extensive list of references used in that chapter which guides the reader to explore further for research if needed. It would be beneficial if some numerical problems taken from real-life aerospace challenges are added at the end of each chapter. This would not only help students understand the concept of heat transfer in aerospace applications but to apply the knowledge learned from this book. This change would make this book a great addition to a university library. Overall, this is a great book to understand the nuances of heat transfer in aerospace applications." -The Aeronautical Journal

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