Thermophysical Properties Research Laboratory, Inc.
Phone : 765-463-1581
Thermal conductivity determines the quantity of heat which flows in unit time through unit area
of a layer of the substance of unit thickness with unit difference of temperature between its faces.
TPRL provides five methods to measure conductivity.
The most common is to measure the
thermal diffusivity with the laser flash (ASTM E1461), specific heat (ASTME 1269),
and density of the material. The thermal conductivity is a calculation product of these values.
This method can be used for conducting solids and some viscous liquids over a temperature range of
liquid nitrogen to 2225°C.
For insulating solids, the step heat apparatus
is used to measure the thermal conductivity. This method runs over a temperature range of -90°C to 1000°C.
For liquids, gels, and powders, the heated probe is used.
For conducting solids, the multi-property apparatus and the
kohlrausch apparatus can be used. However, generally the laser flash
is the preferred technique for these materials.
Still not sure what is the best testing method for your material? Use our
Testing Method Selector Tool to help you decide.
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Last updated 1/5/2012