Although an extensively studied classical subject, laminar natural convection heat transfer from the vertical surface of a cylinder has generated some recent interest in the literature. In this investigation, numerical experiments are performed to determine average Nusselt numbers for isothermal vertical cylinders (102<RaL<109,0.1<L/D<10, and Pr = 0.7) situated on an adiabatic surface in a quiescent ambient environment. Average Nusselt numbers for various cases will be presented and compared with commonly used correlations. Using Nusselt numbers for isothermal tops to approximate Nusselt numbers for heated tops will also be examined. Furthermore, the limit for which the heat transfer results for a vertical flat plate may be used as an approximation for the heat transfer from a vertical cylinder will be investigated.

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