School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Hc-2 Thermal Conductivity (2)

Published: Monday 13 March 2006 - Updated: Monday 28 March 2011


To demonstrate the different rate of heat conduction in various metals.



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Thermal Conductivity 2 Diagram


The apparatus consists of four metal strips, Aluminium, Brass, Copper and Steel meeting together at a central point. The outer end of each strip has a depression into which a small piece of wax is placed. The bunsen flame is directed at the junction and the order of melting demonstrates the thermal conductivity of the metals.

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