SCALE/ANALYTICAL ANALYSES OF FREEZING AND CONVECTIVE MELTING WITH INTERNAL HEAT GENERATION
Using a scale/analytical analysis approach, we model phase change (melting) for pure materials which generate constant internal heat generation for small Stefan numbers (approximately one). The analysis considers conduction in the solid phase and natural convection, driven by internal heat generation, in the liquid regime. The model is applied for a constant surface temperature boundary condition where the melting temperature is greater than the surface temperature in a cylindrical geometry. The analysis also consider constant heat flux (in a cylindrical geometry). We show the time scales in which conduction and convection heat transfer dominate.