Heat Conduction Experiment SOP

Primary Equipment:
Heat Conduction
Created: February 22, 2010 by Bob Cox

Revised: February 22, 2010 by Bob Cox

University of Utah, Chemical Engineering

Safety Precautions

  1. Take care to follow the order described below for start-up and shut down. Equipment damage or personal injury may result.
  2. Use caution when using any steam device. Surface temperatures of the steam chamber, cooling rods, steam valves, lines and fittings are high enough to cause burns.


  1. Open the steam inlet and outlet valves to allow steam flow through the chamber. Wait until the temperature readings attain steady state conditions.
  2. Record the ambient temperature near the heat conduction apparatus.
  3. Record all ten thermocouple readings from the rod(s) used in the experiment. Ensure repeatability by taking a second set of temperature readings.
  4. Wait a predetermined time period (about 10 minutes), and take an addition set of readings to confirm the steady state condition. Confirm repeatability.

Shut Down

  1. Turn off the steam inlet valve.
  2. Turn off the steam outlet valve.
  3. Do not touch the apparatus until it has cooled sufficiently.