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Thermal conductivity for mountain climber

  1. Nov 17, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A mountain climber wears a goose down jacket 3.28 cm thick with total surface area 1.10 m2. The temperature at the surface of the clothing is -19.3°C and at the skin is 36.0°C. Determine the rate of heat flow by conduction through the jacket assuming it is dry and the thermal conductivity, k, is that of down.
    Part 2:
    Determine the rate of heat flow by conduction through the jacket assuming the jacket is wet, so k is that of water and the jacket has matted down to 0.462 cm thickness.

    2. Relevant equations
    thermal conductivity of goose down is .025 J/(mKs)
    thermal conductivity of water is .561W/(mKs)

    phi dot = KA (delta T/delta X)

    K is goose down (.025 j/smk)
    A is area
    T is temperature
    x is distance heat flows

    Part 2
    The rate of heat flow= (the rate of heat flow you found in
    part 1) x (k water/ k goose down) x (thickness of goosedown/
    thickness of wet jacket)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I get the rate is 1.52 W, yet it is the wrong answer. If I had that answer I could use it to get part 2 where I would do the following

    Please let me know what I am doing wrong! Thank you!
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  3. Nov 17, 2007 #2

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    Why is the distance between the two surfaces in the numerator? Delta_x should be in the bottom.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2007
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