# B Calculate heat conductivity

1. Nov 27, 2016

### TheAnt

Is there an easy way to calculate the temperature on one side of a material if we know what material it is, the thickness of it and the temperature on the other side. Basically can we calculated the heat transferred through a material if heated.
Thank you

2. Nov 27, 2016

### davenn

are you not familiar with the thermal conductivity formula ?
much used in designing heatsinks for electronic equip and other things

3. Nov 27, 2016

### Staff: Mentor

If you want to know the rate of heat flow, you need to know the temperatures on both sides. If you want to know the temperature on one side (knowing the temperature on the other side), you need to know the rate of heat flow.

4. Nov 27, 2016

### TheAnt

Thank you. How would you know the rate of heat flow beforehand? Dont you need to know both temperatures to find heat flow

5. Nov 27, 2016

### TheAnt

thank you

6. Nov 27, 2016

### Staff: Mentor

You would know it if you were forcibly applying it with a heater.

7. Nov 29, 2016