Steady-State 1D Conduction through a Composite Wall

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Contributed by: Sara McCaslin and Fredericka Brown (August 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



This Demonstration can investigate the following questions:

Can you verify that steel or copper does not work well as an insulating material?

Do insulating materials have a steep slope on the temperature versus position plot?

What materials make good insulators?

What materials make good conductors?

For more information on conduction through a multilayer isothermal wall, see Engineer's Edge.


[1] D. Pitts and L. E. Sissom, Schaum's Outline of Heat Transfer, New York: McGraw Hill, 1998.

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