HEAT TRANSFER IN MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Engineering Fundamentals

INTRODUCTION

Hotspots in the construction such as actuators which dissipate heat affect e.g. the dimensional stability of the construction. In special environments such as vacuum and cryo, special care for heat abduction is needed. This sheet provides some insight in relation to this subject.

Conduction (diffusion)

Heat transfer through molecular agitation within a material and is specified with the typical thermal conduction.

Thermal conductivity

Surface area

Temperature difference

Length of barrier

Convection

Heat transfer through flow of a fluid. 2 Types: Natural and forced convection. Forced convection can be described with:

Convection heat transfer coefficient

with velocity of object trough fluid

Surface area

Temperature of object

Temperature of convecting fluid

• In vacuum convection is negligible
• Cleanroom air flow must be considered as forced convection

Heat transfer through the emission of electromagnetic waves from the emitter to its surroundings.

Emissivity

Stefan-Boltzmann constant

Surface area

Temperature of emitter

Temperature of surrounding

• Radiation increases with increasing temperature
Contact heat transfer

Critical in contact heat transfer is contact area depended on clamp force, surface roughness, environment, cleanliness, humidity, etc. In other words it cannot be calculated analytically but must be tested and results are based on statistics.

• ‘minimal / perfect contact area’ can be calculated with:
Heat

Energy necessary to change the temperature of a mass with certain material specific heat capacity:

Mass

Specific heat capacity

Temperature difference

Heat flow

Power, heat flow

Heat

Thermal resistance

Thermal conductance

Total thermal resistance

Analog to stiffness and electrical resistance:

In parallel:

In series:

Emissivity

Emissivity is the ability of a surface to emit energy through radiation relative to a black surface at equal temperature. Maximum emissivity is (the black surface) and no emissivity is: .

• Emissivity increases with increasing temperature
• Emissivity decreases with reflectiveness
MaterialTypical ε* [-]@ Temp [°C]
Platinum (polished) / Silver (polished)0.00525
Gold (highly polished)0.015100
Stainless steel (polished)0.0225
Aluminum (polished)0.0225
Copper (polished)0.0325
White ceramic (Al2O3)0.9093
Human skin0.9837
Quartz (glass)0.9021

*Just for indication, please verify with other resources before using

Dissipation

Irreversible heat transfer, typical the loss of power in an electrical resistor.

Voltage drop across resistor

Current through resistor

Electrical resistance

Special case: Piezo dissipation lossfactor

Piezo capacitance

Operating frequency

Voltage

lossfactor: empirical: 30 %