Enhancement of gas phase heat transfer by acoustic field application

Sergey Komarov, Masahiro Hirasawa

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This study discusses a possibility for enhancement of heat transfer between solids and ambient gas by application of powerful acoustic fields. Experiments are carried out by using preheated Pt wires (length 0.1-0.15 m, diameter 50 and 100 μm) positioned at the velocity antinode of a standing wave (frequency range 216-1031 Hz) or in the path of a travelling wave (frequency range 6.9-17.2 kHz). A number of experiments were conducted under conditions of gas flowing across the wire surface. Effects of sound frequency, sound strength, gas flow velocity and wire preheating temperature on the Nusselt number are examined with and without sound application. The gas phase heat transfer rate is enhanced with acoustic field strength. Higher temperatures result in a vigorous radiation from the wire surface and attenuate the effect of sound. The larger the gas flow velocity, the smaller is the effect of sound wave on heat transfer enhancement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun


  • Cylinder
  • Gas-phase heat transfer
  • High power acoustic field
  • Preheating temperature
  • Standing wave
  • Travelling wave


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