Thermal Conductivity

  • Günther Hartwig
Part of the The International Cryogenics Monograph Series book series (ICMS)


Thermal conduction comprises essentially that portion of phonon transport in which, different from sound propagation, the frequency, the phase and the polarization of the phonons are not maintained. Thermal conductivity is a process in which an inhomogeneous thermal excitation initiates various thermodynamic relaxation processes and thus gives rise to a more or less slow transport of energy with permanent local thermalization. The resulting temperature gradient drives the flux of energy carriers which in the case of insulators are phonons. The relationship between the flux of heat power Q per area A and the temperature gradientn is given by the coefficient of thermal conductivity k.


Thermal Conductivity Free Path Thermal Resistance Amorphous Polymer Semicrystalline Polymer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Günther Hartwig
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  1. 1.Kernforschungszentrum KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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