Computer Evaluation of Exchange Factors in Thermal Radiation


  • Redhouane Henda Laurentian University


This paper describes a computer program for analysis of thermal radiation problems in an enclosure with nontrivial features. The view and exchange factors due to radiation between  point sources and the surfaces of the enclosure are calculated using the Monte Carlo technique. The methodology used is simple, intuitive, and provides students taking a course in thermal radiation with new mathematical concepts that, generally, are not covered in heat transfer courses.

Author Biography

Redhouane Henda, Laurentian University

Redhouane Henda is Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at Laurentian University (Canada). He received his MSc and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from l'lnstitut de Genie Chimique and LAAS-CNRS (France), and is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (Germany). Presently, he teaches courses related to transport phenomena, numerical analysis, and materials engineering. His current research interests include dynamical chemical systems, advanced materials, and engineering education.