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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 $\gamma=4\,{\rm C}^\circ$?
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Is thermal and electrical conductivity correlated for all phases of matter?

After reading this interesting post about why copper is a great heat conductor, I wondered if a plasma would conduct heat better than a gas. Or, are some properties like density more important for ...
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Single story, hotter outside, some shade from porch, enough to cool house with/without air flowing?

So, I know this question, without shade or one-story, has been answered many times on the 'net, so I have some actual physics for the one-story. I am fairly certain my roommate mixed up thermal ...
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Finding effective thermal conductivity multi-layer cylinder

How does one find the effective thermal conductivity of a cylindrical body made of multiple layers? E.g. Copper core (k1), insulator 1 (k2) and insulator 2 (k3). I need the effective properties for ...
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Is $\kappa_e$ caused by charge-carrier transport or electron transport?

$\kappa$ usually symbolises thermal conductivity, a material's ability to conduct heat. $\kappa$ can be expressed with other partial thermal conductivities: $\kappa=\kappa_e+\kappa_{ph}+...$ where $...
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Heat transfer coefficients

I am trying to make a model of non-stationary heating on a plate and I have questions considering coefficients. I am using explicit method to solve it (have to use it). I am not sure if I am using the ...
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Why the whole object cannot be observed to vibrate when energy is transferred through conduction (solid)?

Conduction is the transfer of thermal energy when particles in an object vibrate and collide with neighbouring particles thereby transferring their kinetic energy to them, why doesn't the whole object ...
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An equation to describe a process of heating one room using hotter air from another room

There are two rooms completly isolated from the outer world (a closed system, no heat losses). They are connected with each other through a ventilation tube. Temperature in room A is 32 degrees ...
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Does illuminating a conductor with light energy less than its workfunction change the measured conductivity?

For example, does the light absorbed in an exposed metal wire increase the average velocity of the electrons, hence increasing mobility and conductance?
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What is the boundary of restorable thermal expansion?

As every book indicates, thermal expansion is a linear process $\frac{\Delta L}{L}=\alpha \Delta T$. Upon heating an object the result is thermal expansion. If we cool it down it is restored its ...
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For thermal mass flow measurement technologies is it necessary to measure gas pressure to determine volumetric flow rate?

Mass flow readings from thermal mass flow measurement technologies often provide output readings in volumetric units (e.g. standard liters per minute). Mathematically I can derive the volumetric flow ...
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Spherical Shaped Electrical Leads for Thermal Conductivity Mitigation?

I am designing a thermionic converter and one of the biggest inefficiencies is the thermal conductivity and limited electrical conductivity of the leads. I'm trying to mitigate the loss of heat ...
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Thermal expansion of two bolts

I have this question asking me about the thermal expansions of two bolts, a steel one, and a brass one. I have the equation: $\ (\delta L/L)/T = \alpha $ I don't understand how I can use this ...
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Conduction– conservation of energy

So I know that conduction is transfer of thermal energy by direct contact via molecular collisions. For conduction, $Q/t$ is the rate of heat flow and is heat current ($I$). My textbook says that ...
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Thermal Conductivity Graph

This is our first time (as an engineer) seeing this type of graph that we can't interpret. This is a rough comparision of thermal conductivity from the Wiki page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Does a Peltier Thermoelectric layer make a good regulator for LN2 heat-sink interfacing

I understand that when cooling water with LN2 directly (through pipes for example), that it can be too effective, freezing the water (and blocking the pipe). From what I read, regulation of the heat ...
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Ideal gas temperature and pressure gradients?

Consider an ideal gas in a $d\times d\times L$ box with the $L$ dimension in the $x$-direction. Suppose that the opposite $d\times d$ sides of the box are held at temperatures $T_1$ and $T_2$ with $...
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What is the distinction between thermal and electrical conductivities?

Aren't they both caused by electron motion?
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How can I measure the conductivity of a copper rod?

I would like to perform an experiment to measure the conductivity of a copper rod. What device can I use to perform to experiment? is there such a thing as a conductivity meter? All i found was an ...
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Is this a simple system in which no heat transfer is possible?

Let's say that a hot gas is trapped in a metal box. This metal box is magnetically suspended in another structure with a low temperature. The inner box does not touch anything. And there is a void in ...
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Is there a heat transfer equation that takes conduction, convection, radiation and dT/dt into account?

I see equations that take 2 or 3 of the listed parameters into account but I haven't been able to find one that is that complete. I'm seeking to solve this equation using matlab for a simulation ...
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Calculation of temperature distribution in bulk glass due to laser heating

I'm trying to figure out how to simplify the problem where laser pulses are focused to a small spot in bulk glass. The waist of the beam is about 20 microns. At the wavelength used there is only two-...
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Difference in steaming with superheated steam to saturated steam in coffee beverages

Coffee machines are emerging on the market which claim to superheat the steam they use in heating and aerating milk via a submerged nozzle for latte/cappuccino type beverages. So instead of the ...
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how can different shapes of thermometer bulbs effect response to temperature changes?

Two thermometers are constructed in the same way except that one has a spherical bulb and the one, cylindrical. Which one will respond quickly to temperature changes and why?
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Discrepancy between the rate of heat flow

I'm in a introductory college physics class, and my professor recently gave us this formula for the rate of heat flow: $\frac{dQ}{dt} = \frac{A \Delta T}{R_{factor}}$ where $R_{factor}$ is $\frac{L}{...
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Relationship between thermal conductivity and reaching the steady temperature

The diagram is for three materials with 3 different thermal conductivities, i think the material with higher thermal conductivity is the number 1 because it transfers the heat much better so it gets ...
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relationship between pressure and thermal conductivity

Using a kinetic model for gases, is it possible to derive a relationship between pressure and thermal conductivity? From what I have read, I thought pressure was independent of thermal conductivity? ...
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Thermodynamics at the stoves, cooking problem

I was wondering about a daily question with respect upon heat, time and thermodynamics "made easy". Supposing I put a pot on the stove (we can say without losing so much that the pot is a cylindrical ...
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What are the units in the heat equation?

If we write the heat equation as: $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial t}u-\alpha \nabla \cdot (\nabla u) = f $$ Then, Temperature of the material: $u: m^3\times s\rightarrow K$ Thermal diffusivity: $\...
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What thermal conductivity coefficient should I be using when modeling a heatsink?

Using the finite difference model for heat transfer, I am trying to model the heat flow into a heatsink. However, I am unsure of what k value or coefficient of thermal conductivity to use. Should I be ...
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Peltier heating/cooling of small surface area [closed]

I am looking at peltier heaters/coolers, and all of them are thin wafers like the one pictured below. This works fine for some things (ie. a microchip or a beer coaster) but not for others (ie. ...
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What metal (or any other material) is a good thermal coductor but a bad conductor of electricity?

Also, this material needs to be easily manageable and accessible. So, I am trying to make a DIY soldering iron and I need to insulate the part that makes the heat and the part that transfers the ...
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Conduction problem [closed]

A hot reservoir with a temperature of $782 K$ is $0.56 m$ away from a cold reservoir with a temperature of $331 K$. The two reservoirs are insulated from each other except for a rod of brass ($k = 109 ...
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Why the 3D heat equation is $\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}=\alpha\nabla^2u$ [closed]

Why the 3D heat equation is $$\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}=\alpha\nabla^2u=\alpha\left(\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial y^2}+\frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial z^2}\right)?$$ ...
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Will throwing oil on snow help it melt faster (significantly)? [closed]

The main thing that melts snow is the sun. Indeed, without the sun, the air itself would eventually turn to snow. The problem is, the sun melts snow inefficiently. The sun emits radiation (a lot of ...
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When does heat conduction become convection?

Okay, I have a hard time wrapping my head around something, I think, pretty basic. For a little hobby project of mine I was making a fermentation-box for beer brewing allowing me to accurately ...
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Melamine dish cools beyond ambient temperature

I have observed a phenomenon that I find hard to understand. A plastic, melamine like dish is filled with food (spaghetti, chile, soup, etc.) The dish and food is heated in a normal microwave oven ...
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Loss of temperature of a sphere [closed]

I am trying to get an intuition of whether it theoretically seems possible for a living cell (a yeast for example) to regulate its own temperature. Let's consider a spherical living cell which radius ...
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What type of glass is used in oven glass doors? [closed]

I understand that the glass used in convection oven door must be able to withstand high heat. But what should be the exact specification if I am thinking of replacing my broken oven door and ...
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Does doping silicon affect its coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE)?

Everywhere I have searched I always see the CTE of silicon listed as 2.6*10e-6 °C^-1. However, I have silicon that was phosphorus-doped to an ion concentration of of 2.41*10e11 atmos/cm^3, and I would ...
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Estimating the effect of radiant barrier on the radiant and conductive heat transfer through a metal roof

The basic question is -- Will a radiant reflective coating be more effective applied to the upper surface or the lower surface of a metal? Case 1: Imagine a metal roof subject to solar heating. The ...
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At what gap width between two plates does convection not occur?

Does the Grashof number lead to the answer? The Wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grashof_number) yields an equation for vertical plates $$Gr_L = \frac{g\beta(T_s-T_\infty L^3)}{\nu^2}$...
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conducting heat to infinity

I am modeling a situation in which an object that is a small object that is spherical in shape is receiving heat at a constant rate and then conducting it away into a medium that can be model as ...
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Does a surface in front of a radiator (not in contact) have a significant effect on the room's temperature or heating rate?

Does a surface in front of a radiator (not in contact) have a significant effect on the room's temperature or heating rate? Some time ago I had a discussion about it, and despite none of us knowing ...
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How hot does the upstairs need to be before it will heat the basement through convection?

During the winter we keep the basement door closed so that the cold air from upstairs won't flow into the basement. Then we heat the basement and the upstairs gets heated partially by conduction ...
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Thermal resistance of thermal interface materials?

Thermal conductivity are often used for surfaces between the computer chip and the heat sink to increase heat transfer and they want high thermal conductivity to decrease the thermal resistance. By $$\...
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Heat flow in a hollow cylinder

Consider a hollow cylinder of different outer radius and inner radius and two different temperatures are maintained at the outer and inner surfaces such that inner temperature is higher. Because of ...