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I Does "heat leaking in/out of an enclosure" behave the same when heating and cooling?

  1. Mar 23, 2016 #1
    I have an object that is decently thermally insulated. I want to plot how a constant cooling power of a few watts for a few minutes is going to affect the object's temperature. I need to account for how much heat is leaking in.

    Getting a constant cooling doesn't seem easy. If I instead use constant heating and then just "flip" the results, would my results be good? I.e would I see how much heat is leaking in by looking at how much is leaking out?
     
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  3. Mar 23, 2016 #2

    russ_watters

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    There are a number of potential confounding factors, but odds are, what you suggest will be good enough.
     
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