Definition of thermal capacity in English:

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thermal capacity

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noun

The number of heat units needed to raise the temperature of a body by one degree.
Example sentences
  • The time constant depends on both thermal conductivity and thermal capacity of the body itself, and the rate at which heat exchanges with the environment.
  • The thermal capacity of materials changes slightly with temperature primarily due to changes in density, and very dramatically at phase transitions, such as ice melting and water boiling.
  • The water has quite a high thermal capacity and because of the wind, any extra heat is distributed across the upper layer.

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