Pulse method of measuring thermal diffusivity at high temperatures

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Equations are derived giving the temperature distribution within a thin slab of material which has re- ceived a short pulse of energy on one surface, for the case in which energy loss at the surfaces (by radiation or convection) is not negligible. An analysis of these equations indicates that measurement of thermal diffusivity by the pulse method should be feasible even when losses are so large that the maximum tempera- ture of the far face is only 10 or 20% of the no-loss value; this includes nearly all materials, and temperatures to 25000 K or higher.

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