Chapter 4

Heat transfer and diffusion of particles

Heat transfers in a cylinder

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A cylindrical uranium bar has a radius .

In its core, the nuclear reaction releases a volumetric thermal power .

The thermal conductivity of uranium is .


Determine, in stationary mode, the temperature distribution in the bar.

At the lateral walls of the bar, the temperature is . Calculate ?


Define properly the thermal system for which we will apply the first law of thermodynamics : the cylinder of height and radius .


The thermal system is the cylinder of height and radius.

The first law of thermodynamics gives in stationary mode :

So :

After an integration :

The maximum temperature is at and is :

Equation of heat diffusion
Thermal resistance