Chapter 15 Steady Heat ConductionThermal Contact Resistance 3-39CThe resistance that an interface offers to heat transfer per unit interface area is called thermal contact resistance, R. The inverse of thermal contact resistance is called the thermal contact conductance. c3-40CThe thermal contact resistance will be greater for rough surfaces because an interface with rough surfaces will contain more air gaps whose thermal conductivity is low. 3-41CAn interface acts like a very thin layer of insulation, and thus the thermal contact resistance has significance only for highly conducting materials like metals. Therefore, the thermal contact resistance can be ignored for two layers of insulation pressed against each other. 3-42CAn interface acts like a very thin layer of insulation, and thus the thermal contact resistance is significant for highly conducting materials like metals. Therefore, the thermal contact resistance must be considered for two layers of metals pressed against each other.
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