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Calculate the Inside heat transfer coefficient
The formula depends on the flow region
For Laminar flow (Re < 2100) use Sieder and Tate
For this illustration, assume viscosity at wall = bulk viscosity
Laminar flow calculation N/A

For Transition flow (2100 <= Re <= 10000), use Hilpert correlation
For this illustration, assume viscosity at wall = bulk viscosity
It is NOT RECOMMENDED to be in the transitional region, and the correlation is iffy
Transitional flow calculation N/A

For Turbulent flow (Re>10000) use Sieder and Tate (same as Dittus-Boettler, but with viscosity correction)
For this illustration, assume viscosity at wall = bulk viscosity
Turbulent flow calculation 3,440

Note: alternative turbulent flow correlation from Gnielinski
Said to be valid from 3000 < Re < 5,000,000

Because the outside heat transfer coefficient will be so much less than the inside coefficient, it really doesn't make a practical difference if the calculation for inside coefficient is off

Calculate the outside heat transfer coefficient
The outside coefficient is calculated differently for the cases of wind or no wind
No wind = natural convection
Three temperatures to be concerned with, ambient (T4), surface (T3), and average T5 = (T4 + T3)/2
Since T3 is a function of the heat transfer, this is an interative calculation

First, assume a value for T3, the surface temperature
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Calculate T5
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Get the properties of air for temperature T5
I did a simple linear regression of thermal conductivity for air at atmospheric pressure
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For no wind condition,

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Calculation for the case where wind is present
Note that for very low wind velocity (<0.5 m/s), use the greater of this calc or the no-wind calc

Rewind
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Calculate surface temperatures and iterate until calculation = assumed

Calculate the overall heat transfer coefficient
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Next, the heat loss through the wall
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Calculate the inside wall and surface temperatures based on the estimated surface temperature from above

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Calculate the fluid temperature as it exits the pipe segment
Assumes constant properties and constant heat flux along pipe length
For significant temperature changes, divide pipe into segments and calculate sequentially

Reference:

Cao, Eduardo, Heat Transfer in Process Engineering, McGraw-Hill, 2010

Excel Calculator Credit:
Stephen Hall