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Thermal conductivity of water increasing with temperature

  1. Oct 10, 2014 #1


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    The thermal conductivity of most solids and liquids decreases with increasing temperature, but water is an anomaly because it actually increases with increasing temperature. I don't understand why though. I suppose it is something about the material itself and its hydrogen bonding, but not sure why it is like this.

    Liquids should transfer heat from collisions, and I don't see why water would be any different.
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  3. Oct 14, 2014 #2
    I was under the impression that most metals have an increase in thermal conductivity with an increase in temperature.
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