Fourier Number

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Dimensionless Numbers

Fourier number, abbreviated as Fo, also called Fourier modulus, a dimensionless number, is the ratio of heat conduction rate to the rate of thermal energy storage in a solid.  This is mainly used in unsteady state heat transfer.

 

Fourier number calculator

 

Fourier number formula

\(\large{ Fo = \frac{\alpha \; t}{l_c^2  }  }\)   

Where:

\(\large{ Fo }\) = Fourier number

\(\large{ l_c }\) = characteristic length

\(\large{ \alpha }\)  (Greel symbol alpha) = thermal diffusivity

\(\large{ t }\) = time

 

   

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