A numerical and experimental investigation on natural convective heat transfer with the coupling of heat conduction and thermal radiation from a vertical unheated plate connected to an upstream isothermal plate is carried out. The governing equations for conduction in the unheated plate and for convection in the boundary layer are written in finite difference form and are analyzed numerically by using an iterative technique coupled through the common heat flux with thermal radiation. The numerical results are discussed after comparing with the experimental results of temperature and velocity profiles and heat transfer coefficient. The coupling effects of heat conduction in the unheated plate and thermal radiation from the surface on laminar natural convective heat transfer from the plate connected to an isothermal heated upstream plate is greatly influenced by the plate-fluid thermal conductivity ratio and plate thickness, and the radiation emissivity of the plate.

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