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dc.contributor.advisorSathe, Sanjeev B.
dc.contributor.authorDeigel, Christopher R.
dc.dateSep-15
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-06T18:22:12Z
dc.date.available2015-11-06T18:22:12Z
dc.date.issued2015-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/47247
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis study was aimed at the development of an accurate thermal contact resistance and thermal conductivity measurement system that was simple enough to be constructed and operated by multiple users. A method based on Fourier’s Law of Conduction was developed. The purpose of this device is to analyze component interfaces and advanced material applications within Department of Defense’s energy systems to improve fuel efficiency and performance. Comprehensive details of the design, construction, and operation of the experimental device are presented. Challenges included maintaining one-dimensional conduction, uniformity of temperature distribution, control of heat loss, and sample to plate interface resistance control. Numerical heat transfer and uncertainty analyses with applied engineering judgement were extensively used to come up with an optimized design and construction method that guaranteed high accuracy and replicability. Accurate measurements are demonstrated by analyzing Pyroceram 9606 and 99.8% Alumina reference samples. Results indicate capability to measure thermal conductivity from 0.1 to 40 W/m-K with respective accuracy within 3–6.5%. Ability to reduce result uncertainty within 10% is achieved. Replicability analysis indicates reproducible results within 6% for different users. Recommendations are provided for experimental research utilizing the proposed measurement system addressing current heat transfer issues facing the Department of Defense.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/designndconstruc1094547247
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleDesign and construction of a thermal contact resistance and thermal conductivity measurement systemen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderHobson, Garth V.
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical and Aerospace Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
dc.subject.authorThermal contact resistanceen_US
dc.subject.authorthermal conductivityen_US
dc.subject.authormeasurement systemen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMechanical Engineer and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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