Conduction, Convection, and Radiation Heat Energy Transfer
Methods of Heat Energy Transfer
Conduction is the transfer of heat energy by
Between particles of objects in direct contact
Convection is the transfer of heat energy by
the movement of fluids(gas or liquid)
convection currents due to hot fluid rising and cold fluid sinking
Radiation is the transfer of heat energy by
does not involve the movement of matter
A Conduction transfers energy as heat along the wire and into the hand B. Embers swirl upward in the convection currents that are created by the warmed air above the fire which rises C. Electromagnetic waves emitted by the hot campfire transfer energy by radiation
Heat Transfer by Conduction
Conduction is the transfer of thermal energy without any net movement of the material itself.
When a metal poker is put in a hot fire, the exposed end of the poker soon becomes hot as well, even though it is not directly in contact with the source of heat. We say that heat has been conducted from the hot end to the cold end.
object. Thus the energy of
thermal motion is transferred by
molecular collision along the object.
Good thermal conductors such as
silver, copper, aluminum, and gold
are also good electrical conductors.
Heat conduction in many materials can be visualized as the result of molecular collisions. As one end of the object is heated, the molecules there move faster and faster. As they collide with their slower-moving neighbors, they transfer some of their energy to these molecules whose speeds thus increase. These in turn transfer some of their energy by collision with molecules farther along the
Heat Transfer by Convection
Convection is the process of heat transfer through the mass motion or flow of some fluid, such as air or water.
When a pot of water is heated, convection currents are set up as the heated water at the bottom of the pot rises because of its reduced density and is replaced by cooler water from above.
Heat Transfer by Convection
Although liquids and gases are generally not very good conductors of heat, they can transfer heat quite rapidly by convection. Convection is the process whereby heat is transferred by the mass movement of molecules from one place to another. Whereas conduction involves molecules (and/or electrons) moving only over small distances and colliding, convection involves the movement of molecules over large distances.
Perhaps the first thing that most people say is "heat rises" . While not wrong, what you should say is "hot air rises" or "hot water rises" . Anything fluid - that is gases or liquids - will tend to change density with changes in temperature. For example, if heated, air decreases in density. The surrounding air is cooler and denser . This makes it heavier, so it falls beneath the hot air, forcing it upwards.
Heat Transfer by Radiation
Radiation is a more rapid transfer of
thermal energy in the form of electromagnetic
radiation accomplished by a process that
requires neither contact nor mass flow.
A hot object also loses heat energy by
radiation. This radiation is similar to light
and can pass through empty space. The
warmth you fell when you warm yourself by
a fire is due to this radiation. If the
object is hot enough, some of the radiation
is visible and can indeed be seen.
What type of heat transfer is shown in the following pictures? A. B. C. D. Convection Radiation Radiation Conduction
Conductors and Insulators
Conductors readily transfer heat energy.
Gases are the poorest conductors
Solids are the best conductors
Insulators are poor conductors of heat energy.
Fiberglass batting is better than air alone because it traps air.