The Impact of surface texture and wind on convective heat transfer from building façades

Öztürel, Necil
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Citation Formats
N. Öztürel, “The Impact of surface texture and wind on convective heat transfer from building façades,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2013.