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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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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Thermal Dynamics Conduction Comparison

I didn't have to take much physics for my advanced college degree, so I apologize if my question is painful. From reading and experience it seems that water is a better thermal conductor than air. I ...
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Air insulation cavity depth: rule of thumb to avoid convection

I want to know more about optimising an air gap between two surfaces, such as window panes or a building's walls. I was taught that as a general rule, a 6cm air gap is the optimum. Any larger and ...
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Stress due to the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients of two different attached materials

I'm simulating the thermo-electro-mechanical behavior of a copper wire which is surrounded by silicon dioxide. In other words, the wire segments is under mechanical and thermal loads and at the same ...
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Is it possible to “add cold” or to “add heat” to systems?

Amanda just poured herself a cup of hot coffee to get her day started. She took her first sip and nearly burned her tongue. Since she didn't have much time to sit and wait for it to cool down, ...
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Calculating (Glass) thermal conductivity

I read that glass has a thermal coefficient of 0.8-1 W/mK. Given that my window window thickness is around $5\ mm$, then I would calculate my heat loss per area being $160-200\ Wm^{-2}K^{-1}$. Yet ...
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Energy loss in pipe/hose with hot water (how its affected by pipe/hose size, temperature)?

I'm working on low budget small solar power project. I want to transport heat (peak heat power about 1kW) over ~10 meter (~30ft) long pipe or hose. I was thinking about thin hose (6-8mm / about 1/4 ...
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Thermodynamics - Change in temperature based on time

Hello Physics Stack Exchange, This is my first post on this forum, please correct me on any semantic mistakes I may make. Recently in my physics class we did a lab on Heat Capacity, where we had a ...