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11.9: Rayleigh Flow

Rayleigh flow is a model describing a frictionless flow with heat transfer through a pipe of constant cross sectional area. In practice, Rayleigh flow isn't a really good model to describe real situations. Yet, Rayleigh flow is practical and useful concept in a obtaining trends and limits such as the density and pressure change due to external cooling or heating. As opposed to the two previous models, the heat transfer can be in two directions not like the friction (there is no negative friction). This fact creates a different situation as compared to the previous two models. This model can be applied to cases where the heat transfer is significant and the friction can be ignored. Flow of steam in steam boiler is good examle where Rayleigh flow can be used.


  • Dr. Genick Bar-Meir. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later or Potto license.