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Disk radial change with temperature rise

  1. Aug 18, 2013 #1
    Hi guys,

    Heard an interview question from a friend, the guy asked him what happens to a disk with internal radius r and external R such as the following:
    When heated.
    He told me the answer is that the internal radius gets smaller and the external gets bigger.
    Can anyone help me understand why (does it come on the expense of the disk thickness - t?) and put it into mathematical terms?

    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 18, 2013 #2
    The answer he gave you is incorrect. If the disk is heated uniformly, all its dimensions increase by the same percentage, including the thickness. The fractional increase is equal to the coefficient of linear thermal expansion times the temperature increase.
  4. Aug 18, 2013 #3
    Thank you
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