Grashof: Determines the Grashof number for an object

Description Usage Arguments Details Author(s) References See Also Examples

View source: R/Grashof.R

Description

Determines the Grashof number for an object. The Grashof number is used in calculations of heat exchange.

Usage

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Grashof(L = 1, Ts = 25, Ta = 20)

Arguments

L

Characteristic dimension of object in metres. Usually height, depending on object shape.

Ts

Surface Temperature of object, in degrees Celsius.

Ta

Air/Ambient Temperature surrounding object, in degrees Celsius.

Details

The Grashof number is a dimensionless number describing the ability of a parcel of fluid warmer or colder than the surrounding fluid to rise against or fall with the attractive force of gravity as follows: Gr=agL^3(Ts-Ta)/v^2 where L is the characteristic dimension, usually the vertical dimension. For reference, a cylinder's characteristic L would be its height, assuming it is standing on its end Units of L should be in metres This L should be the same L as is used for the convective coefficient calculation Ts is the surface temperature Ta is the ambient temperature v2 is the kinematic viscosity squared (calculated from airviscosity(Ta))

Author(s)

Glenn J Tattersall

References

Blaxter, K. 1989. Energy Metabolism in Animals and Man. Gates, D. M. 2003. Biophysical Ecology. Dover Publications, Mineola, New York. 611 pp.

See Also

airviscosity

Examples

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# Typical values for Grashof number range from 0.016 to 4.6e+09 if Ts-Ta varies from 
# 0.1 to 30oC

L<-1
Ts<-30
Ta<-20
Grashof(L, Ts, Ta)  

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