A similarity solution has been obtained for a natural convection flow on a heated isothermal wall suspended in a quiescent, thermally stratified atmosphere. A new similarity variable is defined which reduces to that for the classical case of an isothermal plate in a uniform temperature, quiescent medium. It also properly represents the case for an isothermal plate in a linear stably stratified atmosphere. This is a unique feature which has not been discussed before. Predicted values of the local temperature defect and flow reversal are in qualitative agreement with results obtained by earlier investigators.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes