International Journal of Thermophysics

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 1051–1072

Historical Evolution of the Transient Hot-Wire Technique

  • Marc J. Assael
  • Konstantinos D. Antoniadis
  • William A. Wakeham

DOI: 10.1007/s10765-010-0814-9

Cite this article as:
Assael, M.J., Antoniadis, K.D. & Wakeham, W.A. Int J Thermophys (2010) 31: 1051. doi:10.1007/s10765-010-0814-9


The paper attempts to describe the historical evolution of the transient hot-wire technique, employed today for the measurement of the thermal conductivity of fluids and solids over a wide range of conditions. Starting from the first experiments with heated wires in 1780 during the discussions of whether gases could conduct heat, it guides the reader through typical designs of cells and bridges, software employed and theory developed, to the modern applications. The paper is concluded with a discussion of the areas of application where problems still exist, and a glimpse of the technique’s future.


History Thermal conductivity Transient hot wire 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc J. Assael
    • 1
  • Konstantinos D. Antoniadis
    • 1
  • William A. Wakeham
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Thermophysical Properties & Environmental Processes, Faculty of Chemical EngineeringAristotle UniversityThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringImperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Instituto Superior TecnicoAvenida Rovisco PaisLisbonPortugal

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