Science Fair Projects

The Comparison of Thermal Conductivity for Different Metals


The objective: Our objective was to compare the thermal conductivity of different common metals. We thought that aluminum would be the best conductor.


Rods made of aluminum, brass, copper, and steel were bent into the shape of a U. Then the ends of the U were placed in two Styrofoam cups of ice and room temperature water. We measured the decrease in temperature over a thirty-minute time period of the room temperature water.


The results were that the copper rod conducted 3.7 degrees Celsius out of the room temperature cup and it was the best conductor of heat. The worst conductor was the steel rod and it only conducted 0.1 degrees Celsius.


In conclusion, we found out that pure metals, such as copper and aluminum were the best conductors. The alloys (materials made of several elements) such as steel and brass did not conduct heat nearly as well. This is helpful when engineering and buying cookware because pots and pans with pure metal bottoms can conduct heat fastest. It is also important for building other metal appliances or equipment for which thermal conductivity is a concern.

This project is about the comparison of different metals and how well they conduct heat.

Science Fair Project done By Lizzie Eisenstein


Related Projects : Direct Solar Pool Heater, Seebeck Effect, Wood Business, Nonlinear Oscillations in Mechanical Systems, Cooler Roofing, The Franck-Hertz Experiment, Simulation and Animation of the n-Body Problem in Two-Bodies, Effect of UV Light on Depressions on CH Plastic Films, Cosmic Ray Shower Array Reconstruction, Effect of Reduced Pressure on the Yield Volume of Popcorn, Determining the Type of Particle in an Air Sample, Spectrum and Its Relationship to Temperature, Testing Tesla, Study of the Qualities that Determine Maximum CPU Cooling Efficiency, The Gauss Rifle, Don't Wanna Have Cold Feet, Tired of Noise, Long and Short Wavelength Colors, Blackbody Thermal Emission, The Solar Heating and Night Cooling of Surfaces


<<Back To Topics Page........................................................................................>> Next Topic



Copyright © 2013 through 2015