Abstract

In the present study, a linear heat conduction module (LHCM) was developed and used to measure the thermal conductivity of brass at steady-state. Off-the-shelf components were used to keep costs significantly lower than commercially available LHCM’s. Initial tests show that the present apparatus can be used to accurately measure the thermal conductivity of Brass 360 within 3.79% of literature values. The system is intended for operation to test a range of materials, including solid and porous samples of thermally conductive materials, such as aluminum and brass, as well as less conductive materials. Models and supporting tests help to establish appropriate operating ranges for the LHCM system, while facilitating comparisons and recommendations for future testing of porous and composite media and lower conductivity materials.

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