Previous Years GATE Questions on Radiation

Solved GATE Questions on Radiation

Question 1. For the circular tube of equal length and diameter shown below, the view factor  is 0.17. The view factor  in this case will be

(A) 0.17

(B) 0.21

(C) 0.79

(D) 0.83


Hint 1. (Ans D)

Question 2. What is the value of the view factor for two inclined flat plates having common edge of equal width, and with an angle of 20 degrees?

(A) 0.83

(B) 1.17

(C) 0.66

(D) 1.34


Hint 2. (Ans A)

Question 3. A plate having 10  area each side is hanging in the middle of a room of 100  total surface area. The plate temperature and emissivity are respectively 800 K and 0.6. The temperature and emissivity values for the surfaces of the room are 300 K and 0.3 respectively. Boltzmann’s constant . The total heat loss from the two surfaces of the plate is

(A) 13.66 W

(B) 27.32 W

(C) 27.87 W

(D) 13.66 MW


Hint 3. (Ans B)

Heat loss from one surface of the plate,


 Heat loss from both the surfaces =2

Question 4. A solar collector receiving solar radiation at the rate of 0.6 transforms it to the internal energy of a fluid at an overall efficiency of 50 %. The fluid heated to 350 K is used to run a heat engine which rejects heat at 313 K. if the heat engine is to deliver 2.5 kW power, then minimum area of the solar collector required would be

(A) 8.33 

(B) 16.66

(C) 39.68 

(D) 79.36 


Hint 1. (Ans B)

Question 5. A solid cylinder (surface 2) is located at the centre of a hollow sphere (surface 1). The diameter of the sphere is 1 m, while the cylinder has a diameter and length of 0.5 m each.

The radiation configuration factor  is

(A) 0.375

(B) 0.625

(C) 0.75

(D) 1


Hint 5. (Ans C)

Since, , therefore  



Question 6. The following figure was generated from experimental data relating spectral black body emissive power to wave length at three temperatures .

The conclusion is that the measurements are

(A) Correct because the maxima in  show the correct trend.

(B) Correct because Planck’s law is satisfied.

(C) Wrong because the Stefan Boltzman law is not satisfied.

(D) Wrong because Wien’s displacement law is not satisfied


Hint 6. (Ans D)

When displacement law is not satisfied, i.e., 

Which tells lower  for higher temperatures.

Question 7. A hollow enclosure is formed between two infinitely long concentric cylinders of radii 1m and 2m, respectively. Radiative heat exchange takes place between the inner surface of the larger cylinder (surface-2) and the outer surface of the smaller cylinder (surface-1). The radiating surfaces are diffuse and the medium in the enclosure is non-participating. The fraction of the thermal radiation leaving the larger surface and striking itself is

(A) 0.25

(B) 0.5

(C) 0.75

(D) 1


Hint 7. (Ans B)

 due to concave surface


Common data  Question 8 and 9

Radiative  heat transfer is intended between the inner surfaces of two very small isothermal parallel metal plates. While the upper plate (designated as plate 1) is a black surface and the warmer on being maintained at 727, the lower plate (plate 2) is a diffuse and gray surface with an emissivity of 0.7 and is kept at 227 . Assume that the surface are sufficiently large to form surface enclosure and steady state conditions to exist. Stefan Boltzmann constant is given as 5.67.

Question 8. The irradiation () for the upper plate (plate 1) is

(A) 2.5

(B) 3.6

(C) 17.0

(D) 19.5


Hint 8. (Ans A)

Total irradiation for plate A

Question 9. If plate 1 is also a diffuse and gray surface with an emissivity value of 0.8, the net radiation heat exchange () between plate 1 and plate 2 is

(A) 17.0

(B) 19.5

(C) 23.0

(D) 31.7


Hint 9. (Ans D)

Net heat exchange between A and B

Question 10. For an opaque surface, the absorptivity () transmissivity () and reflectivity () are related by the equation:






Hint 10. (Ans C)

Question 11. Two large diffuse gray parallel plates separated by a small distance, have surface temperature of 400 K and 300 K. If the emissivities of the surfaces are 0.8 and the Stefan-Boltzmann constant is 5.67, the net radiation heat exchange rate in  between the two plates is

(A) 0.66

(B) 0.79

(C) 0.99

(D) 3.96


Hint 11. (Ans A)

Answer keys

1. (D)     2. (A)     3. (B)     4. (D)     5. (C)     6. (D)     7. (B)     8.(A)      9. (D)     10. (C)   11.(A)

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