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Report for Physics 73.1 Heat Conduction Experiment. Summer 2012.

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### Heat conduction

1. 1. Heat Conduction Group A-2
2. 2. Heat Conduction - Introduction• Three types of heat transfer: – Radiation – Convection – Conduction• Heat always transfers from a hot object to a colder one.
3. 3. Heat Conduction – Theory• Introduction – Heat current • Symbol: H • SI Units: W/mK • Formula: • At steady state, the heat current within an object, regardless of composition, is uniform all-throughout
4. 4. Heat Conduction – TheorySource: [1]
5. 5. Heat Conduction - Experiment• Objectives – Understand the concept of thermal conductivity – Determine the thermal conductivity of brass
6. 6. Heat Conduction - Experiment• Procedure – What to do? – Insert metal rods through rubber tubing – Place exposed copper end to steam – Place exposed brass end to ice
7. 7. Heat Conduction - Experiment• Procedure – What to measure? – Measure diameter of rods – Measure length of rods – Measure temperature of steam, TH – Measure temperature of ice, TC – Measure temperature at junction, T
8. 8. Heat Conduction - Experiment• Results • Diameter = 12.0 mm • Length = 15.0 cm • TH = 94 oC • Tc = 73 oC • T = 0 oC
9. 9. Heat Conduction - Worksheet • Results Data Table 1. Heat conduction Kexpt Ktheo A (m2) L (m) TH(K) T(K) Tc(K) %error (W/mK) (W/mK) 1.13Copper 0.150 367 385 x10-4 346 1.13Brass 0.150 273 111 109 2% x10-4
10. 10. Heat Conduction - Worksheet• Calculations – –
11. 11. Heat Conduction - Worksheet• Answers to Questions 1. Based on your calculations, which metal has the greater temperature drop? What does this result say about the ability of the metal to conduct heat? 2. Is your result in question 1 consistent with the theoretical values of thermal conductivity of copper and brass? Why or why not?
12. 12. Heat Conduction - Worksheet• Answers to Questions 3. What are the possible sources of error in the experiment? In which direction do they affect the measured values of thermal conductivity?
13. 13. Heat Conduction• Conclusion – The thermal conductivity of an object is dependent on its composition and dimensions (Cross-sectional area and length). – For two connected objects of the same dimension connected to hot and cold reservoirs, the higher the temperature drop, the lower the thermal conductivity
14. 14. Heat Conduction• Conclusion – Brass was experimentally found to have a thermal conductivity of 111 W/mK – Brass is less conductive thermally than copper.
15. 15. Heat Conduction• References – [1] Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman, contributing author A. Lewis Ford. "Figure 17.23 Steady-state heat flow due to conduction in a uniform rod." Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman. Sears and Zemanskys University Physics with Modern Physics. San Francisco: Pearson Addison-Wesley, 1898-1975. 592. – [2] Nagi91860. “Ace vs Aokiji – One Piece Episode 481” Eiichiro Oda. One Piece. 1997. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvYWRpN2rz4
16. 16. Heat Conduction