Conduction is the most common form of heat transfer ( and occurs within a solid material. The temperature gradient dictates the direction and rate of heat transfer by conduction. Heat energy will always flow from hot to cold.

If the temperature gradient is large, then the heat transfer will be faster.

The rate of conduction depends on the following factors:
– Temperature gradient in the material
– Cross sectional area of the material
– Length of the travel path
– Thermal Conductivity

Thermal Conductivity is a temperature dependent material property, measured in W/(m*K).

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