Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 927350, 27 pages
Review Article

Conjugate Problems in Convective Heat Transfer: Review

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

Received 25 November 2008; Revised 25 March 2009; Accepted 19 July 2009

Academic Editor: Saad A Ragab

Copyright © 2009 Abram Dorfman and Zachary Renner. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A review of conjugate convective heat transfer problems solved during the early and current time of development of this modern approach is presented. The discussion is based on analytical solutions of selected typical relatively simple conjugate problems including steady-state and transient processes, thermal material treatment, and heat and mass transfer in drying. This brief survey is accompanied by the list of almost two hundred publications considering application of different more and less complex analytical and numerical conjugate models for simulating technology processes and industrial devices from aerospace systems to food production. The references are combined in the groups of works studying similar problems so that each of the groups corresponds to one of selected analytical solutions considered in detail. Such structure of review gives the reader the understanding of early and current situation in conjugate convective heat transfer modeling and makes possible to use the information presented as an introduction to this area on the one hand, and to find more complicated publications of interest on the other hand.