Heater Engineering


All Fullchance Heat products are designed using these heat transfer principles:

Three Modes of Heat Transfer

  1. Conduction Heat Transfer: heating process whereby heat energy is transferred from a body of higher temperature to a body of lower temperature by direct contact of the two bodies, or within one body when the heat flows from a higher-temperature zone to a lower-temperature zone.
Conduction Formula

where,
H = heat flow, (Btu/hr)
k = conduction coeffiecient, (Btu-in./hr.-ft2 -°F)
A = area of contact surface, (ft2)
tH = higher temperature, (°F)
tL = lower temperature, (°F)
d = depth (thickness), (in.)

  1. Convection Heat Transfer: heating process whereby heat is transferred by the motion of a heated medium (gas or liquid) over the body to be heated. Free convection exists where motion is due to gravity. Forced convection is where the medium is moved with blowers or pumps.
Convection Formula

where,
H = heat flow, (Btu/hr)
h = convection coefficient, (Btu-in./hr.-ft2 -°F)
A = area of contact surface, (ft2 )
tH = higher temperature, (°F)
tL = lower temperature, (°F)

  1. Radiation Heat Transfer: heating process whereby heat is emitted from a higher-temperature surface into space and absorbed by a lower-temperature surface through the natural radiation of heat waves.
Radiation Formula

where,
H = heat flow, (Btu/hr)
S = Stefan-Boltzmann constant, (Btu/hr.-ft2 -°R4)
e = radiation factor
A = area of contact surface, (ft2 )
T = absolute temperature, (°R)