Many analytical and experimental studies, involving both liquids and gases, have been carried out to gain a better understanding of transient fluid flow and forced convection heat transfer phenomena in macro and micro channels over the last half century. Starting with the early contribution and including Professor S. Kakac¸’s seminal studies, a state-of-the-art review of the recent developments in the study of transient thermal response of channel flows is given. The parallel-plate channel and the circular tube, which are the two commonly encountered geometries in practice, are considered with both laminar and turbulent flows.

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