Properties of a bimetallic strip

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In summary, a bimetallic strip is a device made of two different metals bonded together that bends when exposed to heat due to different rates of expansion. It works based on the principle of thermal expansion and has properties such as high thermal sensitivity, good electrical conductivity, and ability to withstand high temperatures. Common applications include thermostats, thermometers, and electrical switches. The properties can be altered by changing the composition and dimensions of the strip.
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Hi there,

First post here, kinda feel as though my hand should be raised as I have a question.

The questions are ...

How much force could a bimetallic strip exert when heated? Would it matter how thick the strip was?

Thanks for answering.
 
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Welcome to PF, Alex.
Your question as written is far too vague. What metals? What temperature range? They all make a difference..
 
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Oh OK ...

A standard mix of metals, copper and iron are usually bonded together (I think?) the temperature range would from 150deg F +
 

Related to Properties of a bimetallic strip

1. What is a bimetallic strip?

A bimetallic strip is a device composed of two different metals bonded together. It is designed to bend when exposed to heat, due to the different rates of expansion of the two metals.

2. How does a bimetallic strip work?

A bimetallic strip works based on the principle of thermal expansion. When exposed to heat, the two bonded metals expand at different rates, causing the strip to bend in the direction of the metal with the higher expansion coefficient.

3. What are the properties of a bimetallic strip?

The properties of a bimetallic strip include a high degree of thermal sensitivity, good electrical conductivity, and the ability to withstand high temperatures without warping or breaking.

4. What are some common applications of bimetallic strips?

Bimetallic strips are commonly used in thermostats, thermometers, and other temperature control devices. They are also used in electrical switches and circuit breakers to protect against overheating.

5. How can the properties of a bimetallic strip be altered?

The properties of a bimetallic strip can be altered by changing the composition of the two bonded metals. The thickness, length, and width of the strip can also be adjusted to change its sensitivity and responsiveness to temperature changes.

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