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Thermal Spreading and Contact Resistance: Fundamentals and Applications
By
Yuri S. Muzychka
Yuri S. Muzychka
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada
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M. Michael Yovanovich
M. Michael Yovanovich
University of Waterloo, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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ISBN:
9781394187522
No. of Pages:
464
Publisher:
ASME
Publication date:
2023

In this chapter, we consider several special and unique applications where thermal spreading resistance theory plays a major role in transport phenomena; for example in sliding contacts of tribology applications, mass diffusion with and without chemical reaction, transport involving super-hydrophobic surfaces at low Peclet numbers, electronic microdevices where temperature-dependent thermal conductivity plays a major role, applications involving phase change such as freezing droplets on a surface, and finally thermal spreading in solid or hollow spheres for packed-bed applications. These are all applications where performance is controlled by thermal, mass, or viscous spreading principles. In Chapters 10–12, we will consider thermal contact resistance applications in great detail.

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