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Why do electrically conductive materials tend to be thermally conductive?

It's hard finding substances that are good insulators of one and conductive of the other. Why the correlation? And why do some materials not have this correlation?
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Why thermal conductivity increases with temperature?

what is the molecular mechanism with which thermal conductivity increases by increasing temperature? at least for metals? I know that heat increases the oscillations of the atoms in the crystal. But ...
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Heat distribution in a long cylindrical electrical resistive element

I want to know what the maximum temperature will be within a heating element. Quite a few assumptions can be made, such as constant thermal conductivity, constant electrical resistivity, and assume ...
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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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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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Is it possible for an object to have low specific heat capacity and low thermal conductivity?

As I see, there are many examples of object with low specific heat capacity and high thermal conductivity and vice versa. Since they are different properties of matter and their definitions are not ...
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Work done in adiabatic reversible process

I was solving a problem on turbine.the steam works on turbine adiabatic reversibly .Is change in enthalpy or is it change in internal energy which equal this work?
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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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What is the overall rate of heat conduction through two pipes of different dimensions if the thermal conductivity is not constant?

I am trying to work out how I would find the rate of heat transfer through two pipes made of the same material that are joined at their ends but which have different cross-sectional areas and lengths. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Convective heat transfer coefficients - how do you calculate them?

How do you calculate (or otherwise determine) h_i and h_o (convective heat transfer coefficients) for a heat exchanger? Standard thermodynamics equation below for reference. My specific situation ...
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Bird on electric wire: theoretical distance between the two bird legs [closed]

Hey guys, please someone help me with this exercise :) For our exercise, assume that the bird’s body resistance (from leg to leg) is 50kΩ. Given is a high voltage power line with a current of 100A ...
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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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Systems with these temperature dependence of thermal-conductivity

I want to find out examples for systems (of any kind) in which the temperature dependence of thermal-conductivity($\kappa_{T}$) is of type- \begin{equation} T^{-\alpha}~~~~~ where ~~~~~\alpha>0 ...
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Different results for thermal resistances using different methods

A system is set up which is composed of a cylinder with hemispheres on either ends. The length of the cylinder is l and inner and outer radii of cylinder and hemisphere are $R_i$ and $R_f$. The ...
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Is thermal transfer in a vacuum proportional to temperature difference?

I would have thought that heat dissipation was proportional to temperature difference, especially in a vacuum. Is this true?
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Why are metals worse conductors when heated?

When metals, (such as in circuits), are heated, their ability to conduct electric current is hampered. Why is this? Does the transition towards liquid disrupt a metal's ability to conduct, or 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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Transfer of heat from ice to water in a beaker

How does the transfer of heat takes place from ice below 0 degree celcius to water at room temperature? Does it take place by conduction? Does temperature of water rises uniformly throughout or it ...
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Why does a larger thermal conductivity provide a smaller temperature gradient?

I was thinking about Fourier's Law in heat transfer today and for some reason I am just not understanding the relationships it gives us. Fourier's tells us that if the heat transfer rate is kept ...
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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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Drift velocity of electrons in a conductor

How does the drift velocity of electrons in a conductor depend on the temperature? I have two contradicting views for this. First, we can say that increasing the temperature of the conductor will ...
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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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Estimating fraction of radiant energy absorbed by a metal

I have a couple of texts on thermodynamics and radiant energy but am finding it difficult to figure out from these how energy absorption and reflection work. The area of interest is heating ferrous ...
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The relation between permittivity and conductivity

I am able to measure relative permittivity $\varepsilon_r$ of a fluid, and I want to calculate conductivity of same fluid. Can anyone suggest me how to do this? I found one formula to calculate ...
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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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What's the simplest, first order way to calculate the temperature change in this scenario?

I am trying to model this experiment in a simple (i.e., relatively analytic, non-computational) way. I have a little square of a thin film (10s of nanometers thin) of material A, on a relatively ...
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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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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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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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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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Anomalous expansion of water when heated

In one question I found that when water was heated from 0°C to 15°C then the volume 1st decreases and then increases why is that so ?
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Why are wooden houses warmer than concrete ones in cold regions?

Why are wooden houses warmer than concrete ones in cold regions? I went looking for data and I saw that both have similar emissivity and similar conductivity. Thus I am confused. Moreover, the ...
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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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Heat Losses to furnaces

I am looking in to the thermal efficiency of a furnace vessel. I am wanting to get a full, or at least better, understanding on the calculations needed to look at the thermal efficiency. So I know ...
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How to prove R value for insulation?

I ran some tests on different types of insulation. I heated water, and placed it into an insulated box. The temperature was recorded every minute, for the water, as well as the air. The insulation ...
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How is Thermal Design Power (TDP) related to Surface Power Density (SPD)

Although this question is kind of IT related I'm interested into the actual physical backgrounds and thus posting it here. I know that TDP is an indicator for dimension of the thermal dissipation ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Confused with stress, strain and linear thermal expansion

Four rods A, B, C, D of same length and material but of different radii r, 2r , 3r and 4r respectively are held between two rigid walls. The temperature of all rods is increased by same ...
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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 $\gamma=4\,{\rm C}^\circ$?