## Chapter 12

## Q. 12.4

Use the emission approximation to find the energy flux emerging from an isothermal gas layer at T_g with an integrated mean absorption coefficient weighted by the blackbody spectrum at T_g (the “Planck mean” in Section 12.6.1) of κ_P = 0.010 cm^{−1} and thickness D = 1.5 cm, if the layer is bounded by transparent nonradiating walls and cold surroundings (Figure 12.1a).

## Step-by-Step

## Verified Solution

If I(θ) is the total intensity emerging from the layer in direction θ, the emerging flux is q=2\pi \int_{\theta =0}^{\pi /2}{I(\theta )}\cos \theta \sin \theta d\theta . The layer is isothermal with constant temperature T_g so, for the inner integral of Equation 12.16, the quantities are independent of S* and the Planck mean of

I(S)=\int_{S^*=0}^{S}{\left[\int_{\lambda =0}^{\infty }{k_\lambda } (S^*)I_{\lambda b}(S^*)d\lambda \right] }dS^* (12.16)

k_\lambda(T_g) gives \pi \int_{\lambda =0}^{\infty }{\kappa _{\lambda }(T_{g})I_{\lambda b}(T_{g})d\lambda } =\kappa _{p}(T_{g})\sigma T^{4}_{g}.Then Equation 12.16 can be integrated over any path S = D/cos θ through the layer to yield I (θ) =(1/\pi )\kappa _P(T_g)\sigma T_g^4D/\cos \theta . This gives the radiative flux from each boundary as

q=2\int_{\theta =0}^{\pi /2}{\kappa _P(T_g)\sigma T_g^4D\sin \theta d\theta} =2\kappa_P(T_g)\sigma T_g^4D (12.17)

which gives q=0.03\sigma T_g^4 for the specified numerical values. This is not a precise result, even though the layer thickness is optically thin: κ_PD = 0.015 \ll 1. This is because the radiation reaching the layer boundary along each path has passed along a distance D/cosθ. For θ approaching π/2 the optical path length becomes very large, so the emission approximation cannot hold.

A more accurate solution including effects of the proper path lengths gives q = 1.8κ_P(T_g)\sigma T_g^4D (see Section 10.8.4), which is a 10% decrease compared with Equation 12.17.