# Functioning of earthen vessel.

## Main Question or Discussion Point

When temperature of water in earthen pot is less than temperature outside, will earthen vessel help in maintaining the temperature of water inside constant (or) will it help by decreasing the temperature inside?

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Drakkith
Staff Emeritus
What do you think and why?

I think it only helps in maintaining temperature of water inside vessel constant. If you take the same water in some steel vessel, as it is a better conductor, it will absorb heat from surroundings and transfer heat to water inside making it hotter. In case of earthen vessel, the water in pores doesn't decrease the temperature of the water inside, it only helps in maintaining temperature if we follow rules of heat transfer.

sophiecentaur
Gold Member
Bearing in mind that Earthenware is rubbish, structurally, (it is heavy and easily broken) can you think of another reason why it could be chosen for containing water? Even the most primitive societies have access to plastic, which has many advantages but earthenware is still popular. This could be what the question is about.

Chestermiller
Mentor
I think it only helps in maintaining temperature of water inside vessel constant. If you take the same water in some steel vessel, as it is a better conductor, it will absorb heat from surroundings and transfer heat to water inside making it hotter. In case of earthen vessel, the water in pores doesn't decrease the temperature of the water inside, it only helps in maintaining temperature if we follow rules of heat transfer.
The the presence of the pores will enable water to reach the outer surface of vessel, where it can evaporate. This will cool the outer surface.

The the presence of the pores will enable water to reach the outer surface of vessel, where it can evaporate. This will cool the outer surface.
This will not cool the vessel. As the temperature outside is more than the temperature inside the vessel, it will will take heat from outside and evaporates. This will help in maintaining the temperature of water inside but doesn't cool the water inside. It will not allow the heat to flow from outside to inside.

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sophiecentaur
Gold Member
This will not cool the vessel. As the temperature outside is more than the temperature inside the vessel, it will will take heat from outside and evaporates. This will help in maintaining the temperature of water inside but doesn't cool the water inside. It will not allow the heat to flow from outside to inside.
Why should it not reduce the temperature of the water? Start with water at room temperature and some of the energy for evaporation will come from the water inside - reducing the temperature. Why do people die of exposure if that doesn't happen?

Why should it not reduce the temperature of the water? Start with water at room temperature and some of the energy for evaporation will come from the water inside - reducing the temperature. Why do people die of exposure if that doesn't happen?
You are talking if the temperature of water inside is high or equal room temperature. But what if the water temperature is less than the room temperature?

sophiecentaur