Quantifying the Thermal Conductivities of Geological Applications

With the help of Hot Disk thermal conductivity systems, scientists around the world are trying to understand the Earth’s mysteries one step at a time. One conundrum scientists face is explaining the severity of the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 2011 in Japan. As the Earth’s tectonic plates shift, natural disasters such as these tend to occur. What is most interesting regarding this particular case, was the unexpected severity of both disasters. Japanese researchers have spent numerous hours drilling beneath the Earth’s surface testing thermal conductivities, thermal densities and specific heat to try to unearth an explanation. The Earth is an endless sea of opportunities, and as metals and stones can be found throughout its crust, they can be used for a variety of industrial and constructional means. To ensure safety and efficiency before use, it is always important to first understand the thermal properties of these materials.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Asphalt

Asphalt

Testing the thermal properties of various phase change materials for their addition to asphalt for uses in the construction industry.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Ceramic Bricks

Ceramic Bricks

Researching recycled products as a potential additive in the fabrication of clay bricks, for use in external wall construction.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Composites

Composites

Evaluating the combination of two or more materials to create a more physically stable and thermally desirable end product.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Concrete

Concrete

Investigating the thermal properties of fly ash as an environmentally friendly replacement of cement in concrete.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Deep Sea Plate Tectonics

Deep Sea Plate Tectonics

Analyzing temperature readings and rock samples from areas surrounding tectonic plates, to understand earthquakes.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Geothermal

Geothermal

Using the Earth’s energy to regulate the internal temperature of our homes.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications High Temperatures

High Temperatures

Testing the thermal and structural properties of a material while under a harsh heat stress.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Metals

Metals

Testing the thermal conductivity of various metals for their potential uses as cooking utensils and heat exchangers.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Methane Hydrates

Methane Hydrates

Research to facilitate the harvesting of methane hydrates, for use as carbon energy stores.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Snow

Snow

A look into the effect of compaction on the thermal conductivity of snow.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications

Soil

Evaluating the thermal conductivity of varying soil moisture for applications in construction and agriculture fields.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Steel

Steel

Investigating the thermal tolerance of high strength steel, to understand its safety level for use in building construction.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Stone

Stone

Determining the impact of seasonal changes on the thermal conductivity of buildings constructed with various stones.
Thermal Conductivity Customer Comment TPS 500 SHot Disk
TPS 500 S

Ben Lear

The Pennsylvania State University

“The webinar training was very helpful and comprehensive. This service went above and beyond in facilitating a full command of the instrument and no question is left unanswered.” 

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