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Why engines don't melt?

The temperatures of internal combustion engines are well above the melting points of the component materials. For example, temperatures can reach 2200° C whereas the melting point of aluminium is ...
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Different materials have different temperatures?

Why do two materials, under the same weather, have different temperatures? I have a small clue about it. For example, iron and wood supposed under the sun's radiation, and if we touch both of them, ...
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Energy loss of Earth

How does the Earth lose the energy that it gains from the sun's radiation if it is surrounded by - and in contact with - nothing?
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Do materials cool down in the vacuum of space?

Do materials cool down in the vacuum of space? If yes, how does it really work?
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Why does room temperature water and metal feel almost as cool as each other?

From what I've read about heat, temperature and conductivity, I understand that the reason water at room temperature feels colder than most other things at the same temperature (like wood, air, ...
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Measurements for thermal diffusivity of graphene?

We have known for a long time that graphene has in-plane thermal conductivity ranging between 2000 and 4000 $W m^{-1} K^{-1}$. But in order to model heat transport on a sheet of graphene, we need more ...
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Glass pipe cutting

I want to know how to quickly create the straightest possible breaks in glass pipes I apologise if this is only borderline suitable for a physics forum - I just hope experts with a lot of experience ...
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On a molecular level, how does heat transfer take place?

When an ice molecule hits a water molecule, the water molecule adds kinetic energy to the ice molecule. Why do the water molecules lose kinetic energy? In other words, why does heat like to go where ...
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Does coffee cool faster than tap water?

A friend of mine, based on casual observation, believes that coffee will cool faster than ordinary hot tap water. Being curious about this I have tried to investigate it myself, but I'm not well ...
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Can any solid of low heat capacity release or gain energy slower than another solid of higher heat capacity?

If our sense of contact temperature is influenced by the thermal conductivity of the material: Can any solid material with a low heat capacity exist that feels closer to human body temperature than ...
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Abacus about the thermal expansion of copper

I am currently working on the measurement of the coefficient of thermal expansion of copper. In order to compare my experimental results with theory or experiments made by others, I am looking for ...
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Thermal Interaction in a Vacuum

In order for a thermal interaction, or heat energy transfer, to take place, two bodies must be in contact. Whether this be the particles of air in contact with your skin to make you feel warm or cold, ...
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Heat equation: boundary conditions?

Say we have a bar centered at $x=0$, that is heated. We have the 1D Heat equation which we can solve to find a parabolic temperature profile : $$\kappa \frac{d^2 T}{d x^2}=-\frac{Q}{L S}$$ with ...
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When a color LCD/LED display is off it is black, when on it is colored. What color to light is an LCD/LED display

When a modern display using pixels is turned on its colors are different than the black that the screen is actually made up of. When put in light, such as sunlight, does the screen react to the color ...
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Localized Phonon Vibrational Modes and Thermal Conductivity

I chanced upon this 1D chain Mass Impurity model: At the end of all the derivations, it concludes that Case 1: $ 0 < M_0 < M$ The impurity is lighter than the host atoms. The frequencies ...
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Does paint affect the thermal conductivity of a metal?

We noticed that in our experiment that painting a metal increases its thermal conductivity; is this true? If so, can you guys send me a link to a research paper to support this claim.
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How fast does heat travel via conduction?

I have read this question which seems to ask an identical question, but I'm not sure - it had far too many words I don't understand, let alone the equations. Perhaps someone can answer with a ...
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How would a change in ambient temp affect a radiator?

I'm curious if you have a radiator or say a block of metal (lets say it's copper since it has the highest thermal conductivity) and on one side is a processor producing heat. At idle the processor ...
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Putting a spoon in boiling tea brings the froth down. Why?

Two questions really: 1. Why does putting a spoon in boiling tea bring the froth down? 2. Also, the tip of spoon (outside tea) never heats up. I cannot imagine that normal air can have so much of a ...
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Copper Bath Keeping the Water Warm

I was watching a home improvement program the other day and the presenter mentioned that a copper bath kept the water warmer for longer. She didn't say what it was being compared with but I have ...
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Calculating new temperature of an object when air temperature changes

I'm trying to calculate the new temperature of an object when the air temperature around it changes, given a period of time. Basically I get periodic readings from an air temperature sensor in a ...
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Is my method of calculating thermal conductivity of a metal wrong?

I am trying to determine the thermal conductivity of pure copper at various temperatures using the Weidemann-Franz Law but for some reason it is not matching up to textbook data. I used the Bloch ...
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In a non-degenerate plasma, why are e-e collision negligible compared to e-ion for thermal conduction?

I'm trying to make some order of magnitude estimates of heat transfer in stars - to better understand 1) why conduction is said to be negligible (for non-degenerate matter) and 2) when convection ...
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Finite difference formulation of the heat equation with thermal conductivity in 1D

This may seem trivial, but I'm having some trouble deriving the finite difference form of the heat equation with a thermal conductivity function $a(x)$ depending on $x$: $$\frac{\partial u(x, ...
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Asymmetric heat conduction?

So I have this side-view drawing. Now I wonder, will such a multi-layer material have asymmetric heat conduction properties? Namely, because of radiative conduction, reflective aluminum surface ...
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Why bodies lose heat faster in water than in air?

A simple question. In several places, including this very recent and already famous paper http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6236/786.short it is stated that bodies lose heat in water very fast ...
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Gas vs electric cooking

I've heard it said many times that you're more likely to burn food on an electric stove than a gas one, but I can't tell a difference. This seems to me to be a fallacy perpetuated by the natural gas ...
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Help me solve a heat conduction/emission transfer problem. Mathematica has failed me

My problem: A thin-walled tube (length $L$, diameter $D$ and wall thickness $t \ll D$) is in a vacuum. It is held on one end (at $x=0$) by a heat source at constant temperature $T(0)=T_0$. The only ...
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How does conduction happen?

I'd like to ask you how does conduction happen ? I mean, the atoms vibrating more hits the less vibrating atoms and gives energy. But how is that energy transferred ? For atoms to collide they must be ...
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What is the Units for Thermal conductivity?

What are the units for thermal conductivity and why?
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Conceptual difficulty in understanding Fourier's Law of heat conduction

I am having a bit of difficulty understanding the statement of Fourier's law of heat conduction. As mentioned in Georg Joos , Theoretical Physics The quantity of heat passing per second through ...
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Maximum efficiency for a counter-current heat exchanger (double flux controlled motorized ventilation)

I am not sure if I can explain the question correctly because I don't know the name of this mechanism in English. This is my explanation attempt: In a house, a tube is expelling the air from the ...
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Per unit area, is there more heat transfer through the open top of a mug or the side walls?

I had a mug of hot coffee cool too rapidly for my liking the other day, which made me wonder what was the greater contributor to heat loss for a typical open-top ceramic mug: the open top, the walls, ...
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Effect of Particle Mass on Thermal Conductivity

Fouriers law of thermal conductivity is $$ \vec{q} = -k\nabla T $$ where $q$ is the heat flux, $k$ is the thermal conductivity. Mass does not seem to appear in the equation. So I'm wondering what ...
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How to find the variation in temperature at a certain point inside a body undergoing heat transfer via conduction?

I am trying to find a way with which I can find out the temperature of a certain point inside a body undergoing thermal conduction. I understand that this might not be very simple to calculate since ...
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Modeling a wine cooler heat loss to ambient

I'm trying to model the steady state heat loss to ambient, in W, for a wine cooler similar to the following: For the modeling, I will need the following variables/constants: $T_a$ [K]: Ambient ...
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Temperature rate of change inside a cylinder

I was wondering about this today, mainly for baking a cylindrical cake. Say you have a solid cylinder which is at temperature T0 inside. Say you then move the ...
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How does the hot cup of tea cool down? [duplicate]

I am not sure about my answer. I think that the cup of tea cools down by the following modes: Radiation between the surface of the tea and the air molecules. Conduction between the tea and the cup ...
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Is “eco” shower mode actually using less power? [closed]

At work we have electronic showers in the gym, they have three modes: * (A snowflake, Which I guess means no heating at all) ...
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Where do limits of integration come from in the equation of heat transfer by conduction?

I was watching the third lecture of Diffrential equations on OCW. As an application, the model of heat transfer by conduction is provided. We derived this equation which models the system where $T$ is ...
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Thermal conduction through 1D rod with changing thermal diffusivity?

I've been working with solving partial differential equations in 1D numerically using the finite difference scheme. My case is for example this: I've got a rod that's insulated around the sides such ...
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Laser excitation of Phonon Modes

Can a laser only excite optical modes? The name appears to have historical significance in terms of the sodium ion, but I presume it must be true when looking at the dispersion relationship (the ...
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Refrigerator cooling power usage

I have a refrigerator, that makes a lot of noise, and we have therefore set a time on it will limit the run time to when we are not at the office. But this is where our discussion begins, should we ...
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Can I apply symmetry to this boundary value problem (BVP)?

Let's say I have a hollow cylindrical shell with inner radius $a$ and outer radius $b$ and length $L$. The temperature at at z=L is $T_{2}$ and the temperature at z=0 is $T_{1}$. There is also an ...
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Is the convective heat coefficient always dependent on heat flux and delta T?

I'm having a difficult discussion with a colleague because I'm running heat flow simulations for a small heater (5 mm^2 area), and I insist that if we're going to run more electrical power through the ...
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Heat preserving performance of container relative to content

This question has been addressed in the case of a thermos bottle: Performance of a thermos bottle relative to contents I am asking the question again without the hypothesis that it is a thermos ...
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How does heat conduction differ from convection? [closed]

How does heat conduction differ from convection?
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thermal fatigue and thermal conductivity

Today I argued that heating and cooling a metal many times will affect its thermal conductivity. My idea is that heating and cooling, ie. thermal fatigue, will affect longterm the the microstructure ...
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At the lambda point, why does specific heat capacity tend to infinity?

The specific heat capacity is the energy required to raise the temperature of unity mass by 1K, if at the lambda point all the bosons occupy the lowest quantum state, shouldn’t the specific heat ...
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What is the coefficient of volumetric expansion of water? [closed]

What exactly is coefficient volumetric expansion? Is it $\gamma\,\Delta T$? Since water has maximum density at 4 C, is $\gamma=4\,{\rm C}^\circ$?