Conduction, as we know, is a method of heat transfer in solids caused due to free electrons the crystal structure. It is mainly caused by the vibration of the molecules about there meaning position.

Conduction in **gases and fluid flow **occurs by the collisions of and diffusion of the molecules during their random motion. Mathematically heat transfer is given by the equation.

**Q= -k A dt/dx**

Where Q is the heat transfer rate between the one end of the solid of solid wall. The expression dt/dx is known as the temperature gradient is the difference of the temperature divided by the thickness of the wall. A is the area of the wall and K is the thermal conductivity of the material on which the wall is made up of. K depends on the material to material.

The above equation is known as the **Fourier equation** of heat conduction.

Another useful quantity is known as the **heat flux**, denoted by **q**,it is defined as the heat transfer per unit area. The sign should always be positive of the Q so to make it positive, a minus sign also introduces.

Applying the concept of electrical heat analogy to the above heat equation we get the thermal resistance as

**R=l/KA**

Thus it is obvious that the electrical heat resistance increases as the length increases. The concept of electrical resistance can be applied if there are composites of wall thickness.

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