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A very long cylindrical coated pipe (infinite length) is maintained at temperature T_{inner} along its internal surface and T_{outer} along its external surface.
Problem Type:
Plane and axisymmetric problems of heat transfer.
Geometry:
Thin layer of 3 mm coating is placed between steel pipe and insulation.
Given:
T_{inner} = 85°C, T_{outer} = 4°C;
Thermal conductivity of steel λ=40 W/K·m,
Thermal conductivity of coating λ=0.4 W/K·m,
Thermal conductivity of insulation λ=0.15 W/K·m.
Problem:
Derive heat flux at the internal diameter and calculate the overall heat transfer coefficient (OHTC) of the system.
Solution:
The OHTC of 3layered pipe can be calculated as (*)
λ_{total} = 2πL / [ 1/λ_{1}·ln(r2/r1) + 1/λ_{2}·ln(r3/r2) + 1/λ_{3}·ln(r4/r3)],
where L is the length of the tube.
For very long pipe the heat transfer in axial direction may be neglected, thus the temperature distribution in any cross section will be the same. In this case the planeparallel can be solved. In planeparallel problems all integral values are calculated per 1 meter of depth.
Because, the axial length of the axisymmetric model do not affect to results, it was set to some small value (0.05 m) to reduce the mesh size. To convert heat flux (and other integral values) calculated in axisymmetric problem to flux calculated in planeparallel problem the former should be multiplied by 20.
Results:
Temperature distribution in multilayer coated pipe:

QuickField 
Reference* 

plane 
axisymmetric 

Heat Flux, W 
178.2 
8.89·20 = 177.8 
 
Temperature difference, K 
81 
81 
81 
OHTC, W/K·m 
2.200 
2.195 
2.211 
* Reference: H.Y. Wong Heat transfer for Engineers, Table 2.2 with the heat transfer coefficient set at infinity.