Flashcards in Heat Transmission Deck (4)
Mostly present in solids (can occur in all states).
Heat energy is passed through molecules from their nearest neighbours with heat flowing away from source to low temp areas.
Molecules vibrate about a position and pass energy by collisions.
Thermal conductivity varies between materials.
Best conductors are silver and copper.
Non metallic solids are poor conductors.
Good conductors of heat are usually good conductors of electricity too.
Thermal conductivity is measured experimentally and denoted by symbol K.
Flow of heat is measured in Joules per Second (J/s) and the unit is Watt therefore 1J/s is 1 Watt.
Steel girders can cause heat and fire travel between compartments.
But wooden doors are good barriers as although it may burn, it is a poor conductor of heat.
This only occurs in liquids and gases e.g. when a pan of water is heated e.g. it is heated from the bottom on a gas ring and as the water warms up, it expands and becomes less dense and so the given volume is lighter.
The heated liquid is buoyant it rises, and colder liquid takes it place at the bottom. This then becomes heated and moves to the top. Heat energy is carried by the molecules as they move until all of the water is the same temp. In comparison to conduction where the molecules do not move from their position too much. In convection it is the movement of the molecules that causes the heat transmission.
Convection is used in domestic hot water systems and in heating systems using radiators. Most heat from radiators is carried away using convection.
Convection also causes the updraft in chimneys.
If hot gases leave from the top of a house, cool air must enter from the bottom to replace them which will aid in the combustion process.