THERMAL EXPANSION

    THERMAL EXPANSION
    Objects undergo changes in dimension when they are heated. This change in length or area or volume is called “Thermal Expansion”.
    WHY BODIES EXPAND ON HEATING
    At a given temperature, inter-molecular distances are definite. When a body is heated it’s molecules vibrate more energetically against the action of inter-molecular forces and the displacement of molecules is increased. Since the average distance between the molecules increases, the dimension of the body increases. Consequently body expands.
    TYPES OF THERMAL EXPANSION
    There are three types of thermal expansion:
    (1) Linear Expansion
    (2) Superficial Expansion


    (3) Volumetric Expansion
    LINEAR EXPANSION
    Expansion in length of solid bodies on heating is called linear expansion.
    FACTORS ON WHICH LINEAR EXPANSION DEPENDS
    Consider a metallic bar of length “L1” at temperature “T1” k .Let the bar is heated to “T2” k.
    before heating
    From experiments it is observed that linear expansion depends on two factors:
    1. The increase in length of a solid bar is directly proportional to its original length
    2. The increase in length is directly proportional to the change in temperature.

    Combining (1) and (2)
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    OR
    …………
    after heating…..
    Where = Coefficient of linear expansion of solid.
    FINAL LENGTH OF BAR
    From figure:
    ………………..
    Putting the value of L
    L2 = L1 +  L1 T…………
    L2 = L1 (1+ T)……………
    L2 = L1 {1+ (T2 – T1)}
    ……
    Where [T= T2 – T1]

    COEFFICIENT OF LINEAR EXPANSION
    It is a characteristic property of a material of solid and is defined as
    ” increase in length per unit original length per Kelvin rise in temperature is known as coefficient of linear expansion”.
    It is denoted by ““(alpha). Value of  is constant for a given material but different for different materials. It is independent of mass & dimensions of body . coefficient of linear expansion depends on the nature of material.
    UNIT OF :