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Evaluation of View Factor

1. Special cases: F = 1
a) Between infinitely long parallel planes of equal areas
b) A body completely enclosed by another; Area of enclosing body >>> Area of enclosed body

2. Two parallel and equal planes: Fig. 15.34/376 F Curves 1-4 ( F12)
Fig. 14-6/368 MSH Curves 5-8 ( F 12 )
Fig. 5-13/5-23 HB
3. Two rectangles with common side, perpendicular to each other: Fig. 15.30/372 F
4. Between radiating planes and rows of tubes: Fig. 15.35/377 F
Fig. 14-7/369 MSH
Fig. 5-17/5-30 HB
5. Two infinitely long planes of equal width w, having common edge and included angle, .

 F12 = F21 = 1 - Sin /2

6. Two infinitely long planes of unequal widths h and w, having one common edge, perpendicular
to each other.
w H = h/w
1

F12  1  H  1  H 2
2

h
7. Infinitely long plane of finite width to parallel infinitely long cylinder

r
c r  b a
F12   Tan 1  Tan 1
b a  c c 
b a r
8. Infinitely long parallel cylinders of the same diameter
s
X  1 s
2r
1  1  r
F12  F21   X 2  1  Sin 1    X
  X 

9. Sphere of radius r1 to disk of radius r2, center to center distance, h; normal to center of disk passes
through center of sphere.
r 1 1 
R2  2 F12  1  
h 2 1  R 2

 2 

10. Parallel circular disks of radius r1and r2 with centers along the same normal at distance h
r1 r2 1+ R 2 2
R1  R2  X = 1+
h h R 12

1  
2
 R2 
F12 = X - X 2  4  
2  R1  
 