Heat Transfer

Conduction | Heat Transfer | GATE MCQs (solved)

GATE ME solved Questions on Conduction (Heat Transfer)

Question #1

Steady one-dimensional heat conduction takes place across the faces 1 and 3 of a composite slab consisting of slabs A and B in perfect contact as shown in the figure, where k𝐴, k𝐵 denote the respective thermal conductivities. Using the data as given in the figure, the interface temperature T2 (in °C) is __________

gate mechanical conduction question

[GATE 2016 Set 2, 1 mark]

Question #2

A hollow cylinder has length L, inner radius r1, outer radius r2, and thermal conductivity k. The thermal resistance of the cylinder for radial conduction is

(a)$\large \ln \frac{(r_{2}/r_{1})}{2\Pi kL}$

(b)$\large \ln \frac{(r_{1}/r_{2})}{2\Pi kL}$

(c)$\large \ln \frac{2\pi kL}{r_{2}/r_{1}}$

(d)$\large \ln \frac{2\pi kL}{r_{1}/r_{2}}$

[GATE 2016 Set 2, 1 mark]

Question #3

A plastic sleeve of outer radius r0 = 1 mm covers a wire (radius r = 0.5 mm) carrying electric current. Thermal conductivity of the plastic is 0.15 W/m-K. The heat transfer coefficient on the outer surface of the sleeve exposed to air is 25 W/m2-K. Due to the addition of the plastic cover, the heat transfer from the wire to the ambient will
(A) increase
(B) remain the same
(C) decrease
(D) be zero

[GATE 2016 Set 1, 1 mark]


Question #4

If a foam insulation is added to a 4 cm outer diameter pipe as shown in the figure, the critical radius of insulation (in cm) is _____________

gate me conduction question

[GATE 2015 Set 2,1 mark]

critical radius of insulation will be,



$r_{c}=\frac{0.1}{2}=0.05m=5cm$ ….(Answer)

Question #5

As the temperature increases, the thermal conductivity of a gas

(A) increases

(B) decreases

(C) remains constant

(D) increases up to a certain temperature and then decreases

[GATE 2014 Set 4, 1 mark]

Question #6

Consider a long cylindrical tube of inner and outer radii, ri and ro, respectively, length, L and thermal conductivity, k. Its inner and outer surfaces are maintained at Ti and To , respectively( Ti > To ). Assuming one-dimensional steady state heat conduction in the radial direction, the thermal resistance in the wall of the tube is

(a)$\large \frac{1}{2\pi kL}\ln\frac{r_{i}}{r_{o}}$

(b)$\large \frac{1}{2\pi r_{i}k}$

(c)$\large \frac{1}{2\pi kL}\ln\frac{r_{o}}{r_{i}}$

(d)$\large \frac{1}{4\pi kL}\ln\frac{r_{o}}{r_{i}}$

[GATE 2014 Set 3, 1 mark]

Question #7

10 mm diameter electrical conductor is covered by an insulation of 2 mm thickness. The conductivity of the insulation is 0.08 W/m-K and the convection coefficient at the insulation surface is 10 W/m2-K. Addition of further insulation of the same material will
(A) increase heat loss continuously
(B) decrease heat loss continuously
(C) increase heat loss to a maximum and then decrease heat loss
(D) decrease heat loss to a minimum and then increase heat loss

[GATE 2015 Set 1, 2 marks]

Question #8

A cylindrical uranium fuel rod of radius 5 mm in a nuclear reactor is generating heat at the rate of 4×107 W/m 3 . The rod is cooled by a liquid (convective heat transfer coefficient 1000 W/m2 K) at 25 °C. At steady state, the surface temperature (in K) of the rod is

(A) 308

(B) 398

(C) 418

(D) 448

[GATE 2015 Set 2, 2 marks]

Question #9

A brick wall (k=0.9 W/mK) of thickness 0.18 m separates the warm air in a room from the cold ambient air. On a particular winter day, the outside air temperature is −5°C and the room needs to be maintained at 27°C. The heat transfer coefficient associated with outside air is 20 w/m2k.
Neglecting the convective resistance of the air inside the room, the heat loss, in (W/m2) is
(A) 88 (B) 110 (C) 128 (D) 160

[GATE 2015 Set 3, 2 marks]

Question #10

A material P of thickness 1 mm is sandwiched between two steel slabs, as shown in the figure below. A heat flux 10 kW/m2 is supplied to one of the steel slabs as shown. The boundary temperatures of the slabs are indicated in the figure. Assume thermal conductivity of this steel is 10 W/m.K. Considering one-dimensional steady state heat conduction for the configuration, the thermal conductivity (k, in W/m.K) of material P is _______

[GATE 2014 Set 2, 2 marks]

gate me heat transfer question


Question #11

Heat transfer through a composite wall is shown in figure. Both the sections of the wall have equal thickness (l). The conductivity of one section is k and that of the other is 2k. The left face of the wall is at 600 K and the right face is at 300 K

gate conduction question

The interface temperature Ti (in K) of the composite wall is _______

[GATE 2014 Set 2, 2 marks]

Question #12

A plane wall has a thermal conductivity of 1.15 W/m.K. If the inner surface is at 1100°C and the outer surface is at 350°C, then the design thickness (in meter) of the wall to maintain a steady heat flux of 2500 W/m2 should be _______

[GATE 2014 Set 4. 2 marks]


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