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Thermal Expansion

What is thermal expansion? When the temperature of a substance (solid, liquid or gas) is increased, the molecules or atoms in it vibrate faster and they tend to move away from each other, on average. This results in an expansion (increase of length, breadth and depth) of the substance as a whole. This is called thermal expansion. [Note: When the temperature is decreased (the substance is cooled), there is a contraction which
can be considered as ‘negative’ expansion. A similar expansion or contraction is also possible with the application of a force. This has been discussed in the chapter dealing with elastic properties of matter.]

Some facts: • Generally the size of all material bodies increases with the increase of temperature. The exceptions are the water and some aqueous solutions in the range of 0 0 C to 4 0 C , the iodide of silver (resolidified) below 142 0 C and some nickel-steel alloys. Different substances expand at different rates. This depends on the physical property of the substance. Different solid substances have different expansion rates like iron, glass, wood all have distinctly different rates of expansion. Expansions in some substances are not easily detectable with naked eye. The property of thermal expansion is utilized in various ways in our daily life and in scientific works. Examples: Blacksmiths use to put red-hot iron rims on wooden cart wheels so that they cool and shrink tight. The property of thermal expansion of liquid mercury is used in clinical thermometers. Liquids expand appreciably as compared to solids, in general. Example: The expansion of mercury is greater than the expansion of glass. If the expansion of glass of a thermometer would be at the same rate as that of mercury, the mercury would not rise with the increase of temperature.

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Thermal Expansion of Solids
The expansion of solids is of three types. Linear expansion of solids can be experimentally measured from the expansion of length of bars or rods of the solid. Surface or volume expansions of solids are generally difficult to measure directly and thus they are calculated from the linear expansion. In this chapter we consider isotropic solids only. Isotropic materials are those whose properties are the same in all directions. Thus the expansion is also the same in all directions for such materials. Examples: all amorphous solids, e.g., glass; the regular crystals, e.g., sodium chloride (table salt); metals. Demonstrations of Expansion of Solids:
• Bar and Gauge Experiment

A is a metal bar with a wooden rod attached to it. B is a metallic gauge as shown in the figure [Fig. #] . At normal room temperature, the bar A just fits into the gauge B. When the bar A is heated, it can not be fitted into the gauge B anymore. This is an indication that there has been a thermal expansion in the bar A. Now when the bar is cooled down, it fits into the gauge again. This means that the bar regains its original length by contraction. Fig. to be included
• Ball and Ring Experiment

A metal ring B has been attached with a stand as shown in the adjacent figure [Fig. #]. A metal ball A is hanged from a hook above this fixed with the stand. At normal room temperature the metal ball just passes through the ring. Now if the ball is heated separately and then we attempt to insert this through the ring again, the ball gets stuck. From this it can be understood that the volume of the metal ball is increased due to heating and thus it is unable to pass through the ring. When it is allowed to cool down to previous temperature (room temperature), the ball gets back its original volume and then it can again pass through the ring. Thus we understand from this experiment that the volume of a solid material increases as the temperature is increased. Fig. to be included

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Experiments showing that the Expansions of Different Solids are Different:

Ferguson’s Experiment

This experiment shows that the expansions for different materials due to the same increment of temperature are different. In this experiment, one end of a metal beam R is rigidly clamped at L and the other end is kept on a roller C as shown in the figure [Fig. #]. The roller can move on a glass plate G. A pointer P is attached to the roller which can rotate over a circular scale S. The beam R is heated from below by some Bunsen burners. As a result, the beam expands and the roller R rolls over the glass plate. Thus there is a deflection of the pointer. The amount of deflection depends on the amount of expansion of the beam. The deflection is seen to increase as the beam is heated more. Thus it is understood that the expansion of length of the beam is increased along with the increase of temperature. The same experiment is repeated with beams of different materials but of same length. Deflections in the scale are found to be different for different beams where the increase of temperature is kept fixed. Thus the expansions for different materials are found to be different for the same increment of temperature. Fig. to be included
• Experiment with Bimetallic Strip

When two thin bars of different metals, such as brass and iron, are welded or riveted together, the compound thin bar such made is called bimetallic strip. At the beginning, the bimetallic strip remains straight at normal room temperature. When it is heated, one side of the double strip becomes longer than the other as the expansion rate of one metal (brass) is more than that of other (iron). As a result, it is seen that the strip is bent into a curve with the brass on the outer side of the curve. Next, the strip is cooled below room temperature keeping it in ice. When the strip is cooled, it tends to bend in the opposite direction, because the metal that expands more (brass) also shrinks more. Fig. to be included Application of Bimetallic Strip: The movement of bimetallic strip is used to turn a pointer, regulate a valve or close a switch. A very important application is the thermostat. The back-and-forth

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bending of this is applied to open and close an electrical circuit. Thermostats are used in refrigerators, air conditioning machines, electric toasters and various other devices. The idea is to control temperature as it is desired. Coefficient of Linear Expansion:
Definition

The thermal expansion of a solid in a particular direction that is the change in one dimension (length, breadth or thickness) is called linear expansion. • • For most of the solids, the change in size due to temperature change is very low*. For small temperature changes, linear expansion is approximately proportional to the change in temperature.

Experimentally, it is seen that the amount of expansion of length of a rod is proportional to the (i) initial length of the rod and (ii) the increase of temperature. Let us suppose that the temperature is increased from T0 to T . Thus the change in temperature is ∆T = (T − T0 ) . The length is changed from L0 to L . So the change in length is ∆L = ( L − L0 ) . Thus we have ∆L ∝ L0 and ∆L ∝ ∆T .

Therefore, we can write

∆L ∝ L0 ∆T ∆L = α L0 ∆T ,

(1)

where the proportionality constant α is called the coefficient of linear expansion. The above equation (1) can also be written in the following form ( L − L0 ) = α L0 ∆T . ∴ L = L0 (1 + α ∆T ) Or L = L0 [1 + α (T − T0 ) ].

(2)

When the initial temperature, T0 = 0 and the final temperature is T , we can write LT = L0 (1 + α T ), (3) where LT is the length at temperature T . From equation (1) we get a definition of the coefficient of linear expansion:
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A typical metal expands only about 7% when its temperature rises from near 0 K to its melting point.

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∆L . (4) L0 ∆T If we now put L0 = 1 and ∆T = 1, we have α = ∆L . Thus we can define α in the following way.

α =

Definition: The linear expansion of a solid material of unit length due to one unit of increase of temperature is called coefficient of linear expansion.

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The coefficient α is specific to a material. The magnitude of this depends on the atomic arrangements inside a matter. The coefficient of expansion may vary slightly for different temperature ranges. So it is not strictly a constant. However, this variation is negligible for most applications. Thus we consider α to be practically a constant and independent of temperature.

Dimension of α : It can be analyzed from the relation (3)

Dimension of α =

Dimension of length Dimension of length × Dimension of temperature

=

1 Dimension of temperature

Thus we see, α depends only on temperature. Dimension of α is / C 0 [also written as (C 0 ) −1 ] or / F 0 [also written as ( F 0 ) −1 ]; in Kelvin scale it is / K (also written as K −1 ). 9 As we have 1 C 0 = F 0 , the coefficient of linear expansion for steel in two 5 scales can be related as 5 12 × 10 −6 / C 0 = × 12 × 10 −6 / F 0 = 6.67 × 10 −6 / F 0 . 9 The value of α does not depend on the dimension of length. This is because it is essentially a ratio of two lengths. When we say the coefficient of linear expansion of steel is 12 × 10 −6 / C 0 , we understand that if we take a steel rod of length 1 cm. and the temperature of it is increased by 1 C 0 then the increase of length will be 0.000012 cm. Likewise, when

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Below is a list of mean coefficients of expansion of several solid substances between 0 0 C and 100 0 C .
Table # 1: Coefficient of linear expansion of different solids

Material Cadmium Lead Magnesium Aluminium Brass Copper Nickel Steel Glass Invar Quartz (fused)

α
(C 0 ) −1 32 × 10 −6 28 × 10 −6 26 × 10 −6 24 × 10 −6 20 × 10 −6 17 × 10 −6 13 × 10 −6 12 × 10 −6 4-9 × 10 −6 0.9 × 10 −6 0.4 × 10 −6

Numerical Examples with Solutions:
Example #1

A steel scale 1 m long is calibrated at a temperature of 30 0 C . What is the length of this scale on a hot summer day when the temperature is 40 0 C ?
Solution: From equation (1), ∆L = α L0 ∆T

= 12 × 10 −6 ( (C 0 ) −1 × (1 m) × (40 0 C − 30 0 C ) = 0.12 × 10 −3 m = 0.00012 m. Thus the length at 40 0 C is 1.00012 m.
Example #2

An Aluminium rod is expanded 0.5 cm when heated from 20 0 C to 80 0 C . What is its initial length? Assume α = 24 × 10 −6 / C 0 .

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Solution:

∆L = α L0 ∆T ∆L L0 = . α (T − T0 )
0.5 × 10 6 0.5 = 347.2 cm. = 24 × 60 24 × 10 −6 × (80 − 20)

Here, α = 24 × 10 −6 / C 0 , T = 80 C 0 and T0 = 20 C 0

L0 =

Initial length

Example #3

The length of a copper rod is measured to be 200.166 cm and 200.664 cm at the temperatures 50 0 C and 200 0 C . What is the linear coefficient of thermal expansion for copper? [ H.S. (T)]
Solution: α =
( L − L0 ) ∆L = L0 (T − T0 ) L0 ∆T

Here, L0 = 200.166 cm, L = 200.664 cm, T0 = 50 0 C and T = 200 0 C . ∴α = 200.664 − 200.166 0.498 = = 16.6 × 10 −6 C 0 . 200.166 × (200 − 50) 200.166 × 150

Example #4 The length of a brass bar is 150 cm at 40 0 C . What will be its length at 100 0 C ? The coefficient of linear expansion of brass is 20 × 10 −6 / C 0 .

Solution: L = L0 (1 + α ∆T ) = L0 [1 + α (T − T0 ) ]

Here, L0 = 150 cm, T0 = 40 0 C , T = 100 0 C , α = 20 × 10 −6 / C 0 .
∴ L = 150 1 + 20 × 10 −6 (100 − 40) = 150 1 + 1200 × 10 −6 = 150 × 1.00120 = 150.18 cm.

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Increase in temperature generally causes increment in surface area and volume of a material. Therefore, there should be a coefficient associated with the surface expansion and also another with volume expansion.
Coefficient of Surface Expansion

If the area is increased from A0 to A due to the increase of temperature from an initial value T0 to T then we can write, the change in the area is ∆A = A − A0 and to the change in the temperature is ∆T = T − T0 .

Fundamental Physics I by Dr. Abhijit Kar Gupta (email: kg.abhi@gmail.com) As before, the change in area ∆A is proportional to the initial area A0 and the change in temperature ∆T : ∆A ∝ A0 and ∆A ∝ ∆T .

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∴ Or

∆A ∝ A0 ∆T ∆A = β A0 ∆T ,

(5)

where β is the coefficient of surface expansion (or area expansion). From above, can write Or Or

A − A0 = β A0 ∆T . A = A0 (1 + β ∆T ) A = A0 [1 + β (T − T0 )] .

(6)

If the initial temperature is T0 = 0 and the final temperature is T then we can write, A = A0 (1 + β T ) (7)

From equation (5) we can write the expression for coefficient of surface expansion:

β =

∆A . A0 ∆T

(8)

When we put A0 = 1 and ∆T = 1, we have β = ∆A . Thus the definition of β can be given as the following.
Definition: The increase in surface area of a solid material of unit surface area due to one unit of increase of temperature is called coefficient of surface expansion. Nature of β : • Like the coefficient of liner expansion α , the coefficient of surface expansion β is specific to a certain material (material property). • This coefficient of expansion also may vary slightly for different temperature ranges. Therefore, it is not strictly a constant. However, this is negligible for most practical applications and an average value within a certain range is always quoted. Dimension: • Dimension of β does not depend on the dimension of area as it is essentially the ratio of two areas and thus dimension of area cancels out.

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Dimension of β depends on temperature only and it is the inverse of temperature.

The meaning of the coefficient of surface expansion for steel to be 24 × 10 −6 C 0 (= 0.000024 /C 0 ) is the following. If we take a steel sheet of area 1 ft 2 or 1 cm 2 or 1 m 2 , then its area is increased by 0.000024 ft 2 or 0.000024 cm 2 or 0.000024 m 2 when the temperature is increased by 1 C 0 . Conversion from one scale to another is again the same thing as we have done in the case of linear expansion. We have to remember the relationship between the temperature differences in two scales 9 1C0 = F 0 . 5 Thus the value of β in Fahrenheit scale is 5 24 × 10 −6 / C 0 = × 24 × 10 −6 / F 0 = 13.34 × 10 −6 / F 0 . 9
Coefficient of Volume Expansion:

If the volume of a material is increased from V0 to V due to the increase of temperature from an initial value T0 to T then we can write, the change in the volume is

∆V =

V − V0 and the change in the temperature is ∆T = T − T0 . As before, the change in volume ∆V is proportional to the initial volume V0 and to the change in temperature ∆T : ∆V ∝ V0 and ∆V ∝ ∆T .
∴ Or
∆V ∝ V0 ∆T ∆V = γ V0 ∆T ,

(9)

where γ is the coefficient of volume expansion. From equation (9), we can write V − V0 = γ V0 ∆T . V = V0 (1 + γ∆T ) V = V0 [1 + γ (T − T0 )] .

Or Or

(10)

If the initial temperature is T0 = 0 and the final temperature is T then the formula (10) can be written as

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From equation (9) we can write the expression for coefficient of volume expansion:

γ =

∆V . V0 ∆T

(12)

When in expression (12) we put V0 = 1 and ∆T = 1, we have γ = ∆V . Thus the definition of γ can be given as the following.
Definition: The increase in volume of a solid material of unit volume due to one unit of increase of temperature is called the coefficient of volume expansion. Nature of γ : • Like the coefficient of liner expansion and that of surface expansion, the coefficient of volume expansion γ is specific to a certain material (material property). • This coefficient of expansion also may vary slightly for different temperature ranges. Therefore, it is not strictly a constant. However, this is negligible for most practical applications and an average value within a certain range is always quoted. Dimension: • Dimension of γ does not depend on the dimension of volume as it is essentially the ratio of two volumes and thus dimension of volume cancels out. • Dimension of γ depends on temperature only and it is the inverse of temperature.

The meaning of the coefficient of volume expansion for steel to be 36 × 10 −6 C 0 (= 0.000036 /C 0 ) is the following. If we take a steel sheet of volume 1 ft 3 or 1 cm 3 or 1 m 3 , then its volume is increased by 0.000036 ft 3 or 0.000024 cm 3 or 0.000024 m 3 when the temperature is increased by 1 C 0 . Conversion from one scale to another is again the same thing as we have done in the case of linear expansion and surface expansion. We have to remember the relation between the temperature differences in two scales 9 1C0 = F 0 . 5 Thus the value of γ in Fahrenheit scale is 5 36 × 10 −6 / C 0 = × 36 × 10 −6 / F 0 = 20 × 10 −6 / F 0 . 9

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The Relation among the three Coefficients of Expansion: The relation between α and β

Suppose we take a square sheet of length L0 . The area is A0 = L0 . The temperature of the square sheet is increased from an initial temperature of T0 to T . The increase in temperature is ∆T = T − T0 . We call here t = ∆T for the sake of calculation. The increase in temperature causes the increase in length which now becomes L . Thus we can write, L = L0 (1 + α ∆T ) = L0 (1 + α t ), where α is the coefficient of linear expansion. Therefore, the present area of the sheet is A = L2 = L0 2 (1 + α t ) 2 = A0 (1 + 2 α t + α
2

2

t 2 ).

Now since α is usually much smaller than 1 and if the temperature difference t = ∆T is not very high then the term α t is still very small compared to 1. The square of this quantity α 2 t 2 will be even smaller than 1. Thus the term α 2 t 2 can be neglected as it is very small compared to the term α t . Hence we have an approximate relationship A = A0 (1 + 2 α t ). (13)

On the other hand, we can write from the definition of the coefficient of surface expansion β , A = A0 (1 + β t ). (14) Comparing (13) and (14), we have

β = 2α
The relation between β and γ

(15)

Fundamental Physics I by Dr. Abhijit Kar Gupta (email: kg.abhi@gmail.com) Suppose we take a cube of length L0 . The volume is V0 = L0 . The length is increased from L0 to L when the temperature is increased from T0 toT . We write the increase in temperature, t = ∆T = T − T0 . If the linear expansion coefficient be α then
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L = L0 (1 + α ∆T ) = L0 (1 + α t ).
The present volume of the cube is 3 V = L0 (1 + α t ) 3 = V0 (1 + 3α t + 3α
3 2

t 2 + α 3 t3 )

Since α t is small (less than 1), α 2 t 2 and α 3 t 3 are much smaller compared to α t . Therefore, we can write the approximate relation
V = V0 (1 + 3α t ).
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(16)

On the other hand, we can write from the definition of the coefficient of volume expansion γ , V = V0 (1 + γ t ). (17) Comparing equations (16) and (17),

γ = 3α .
Now from (15) and (18) we get

(18)

α=

β
2

=

γ
3

The above is the relation among the three coefficients of expansion. This can also be written in the following form: α : β :γ = 1 : 2 : 3

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Note:

If a quantity, say x , is bigger than 1 then its successive powers become bigger and bigger than 1. If x is taken smaller than 1 then its successive powers become smaller and smaller than 1. Example: Suppose, x = 2, we then have x 2 = 4 , x 3 = 8 , x 4 = 16 etc. If x is smaller than 1, say x = 0.2 , then we have x 2 = 0.04 , x 3 = 0.008 , x 4 = 0.0016 . Therefore, when x is smaller than 1, the higher powers become negligible compared to x and thus we often neglect them for approximation.
Derivation of the relationship among α , β and γ by Calculus:

The differential form of the expression of linear coefficient of expansion is 1 dL α= L dT The interpretation of the above is that if the temperature of a solid having coefficient of linear expansion α , is increased from T to T + dT , the length is increased from L to L + dL . Similarly, we can write the expressions of β and γ as 1 dA β= A dT

γ =

1 dV . V dT

Suppose, we take a cube of length L whose each surface has an area A = L2 and the volume of the cube is V = L3 . Differentiating the area A = L2 with respect to temperature T , we get
dA dL = 2L . dT dT

Now,

β=

dL 1 dA 1 dL 1 = 2α . = 2 .2 L = 2. A dT dT L dT L

(19)

Again differentiating the volume V = L3 with respect to T , we get

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From the definition of γ , dL 1 dV 1 dL 1 = 3α . = 3. = 3 .3L2 γ = V dT dT L dT L

(20)

∴ From (19) and (20) we have

α=

β
2

=

γ
3

.

---------------------Numerical Examples with Solutions-------------------------Example #1 A brass disc has diameter 8 cm at 30 0 C . How much will be the increase in

area of it when the temperature is raised to 80 0 C ? Given α = 18 × 10 −6 / C 0 . Solution: The increase of area is ∆A = β A0 ∆T = 2 α A0 ( T − T0 ) as we know β = 2 α . Here, the initial area A0 = π 4 2 = 16π sq. cm, α = 18 × 10 −6 / C 0 , T0 = 30 0 C and T = 80 0 C .
∴ ∆A = 2 × 18 × 10 −6 × 16 × 3.1416 × (80 − 30) = 36 × 16 × 3.1416 × 50 × 10 −6 = 0.0905 sq. cm.

Example #2 A rectangular copper block measures 8′′ × 5′′ × 1′′ . How much of its volume

will increase when its temperature is increased from 0 0 C to 800 0 C ? The coefficient of linear expansion for copper is = 0.16 × 10 −4 / C 0 . [H.S.] Solution: The initial volume of the block is V0 = 8 × 5 × 1 = 40 cubic inch. The increase in volume is ∆V = γ V0 ∆T = 3 α V0 ∆T since the coefficient of volume expansion γ = 3 α , where α is the coefficient of linear expansion. Here, we have α = 0.16 × 10 −4 / C 0 , V0 = 40 cub. in, ∆T = T − T0 = (800 − 0) = 800 C 0 . ∴
∆V = 3 × 0.16 × 10 −4 × 40 × 800 = 1.536 cub. in.

Example #3 The volume of a lead bullet is 25 c.c. at 0 0 C . At 98 0 C , its volume increases

by 0.021 c.c. What is the coefficient of linear expansion for lead? Solution: ∆V The volume expansion coefficient, γ = V0 ∆T

[H.S.(T)]

Fundamental Physics I by Dr. Abhijit Kar Gupta (email: kg.abhi@gmail.com) Here, V0 = 25 c.c., ∆V =0.021 c.c., ∆T = T − T0 = 98 – 0 = 98 C 0 . 0.021 ∴ γ = = 8.57 × 10 −6 / C 0 . 25 × 98 γ 8.57 × 10 −6 The linear expansion coefficient, α = = = 2.86 × 10 −6 / C 0 . 3 3 Example #4 An aluminium sphere whose diameter is 20 cm, is heated from 0 0 C to 100 0 C . What will be its change in volume? The coefficient of linear expansion is = 23 × 10 −6 / C 0 . Solution: 4 The initial volume of the sphere, V0 = π × 10 3 c.c. 3 The change in volume, ∆V = γ V0 ∆T = 3α V0 ∆T . The coefficient of volume expansion, γ = 3α = 3 × coefficient of linear expansion. The increase in temperature is ∆T = T − T0 , where T0 = 0 0 C is the initial temperature and T = 100 0 C is the final temperature. 4 ∴ ∆V = 3 × 23 × 10 −6 × × 3.1416 × 10 3 × (100 − 0) = 28.9 c.c. 3

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Example #5 A piece of metal weighs 46 gm in air. The same weighs 30 gm when that is

immersed in a liquid of specific gravity 1.24 at temperature 27 0 C . When the temperature of the liquid is increased to 42 0 C , the metal piece weighs 30.5 gm when immersed. The specific gravity of the liquid is 1.20 at 42 0 C . What is the coefficient of linear expansion of the metal? [H.S. ’98] Solution: At 27 0 C , the apparent decrease in weight of the metal is = (46 − 30) = 16 gm. This should be the weight of the displaced liquid of same volume. 16 c.c. ∴ The volume of the displaced liquid = 1.24 Volume of metal piece = Volume of displaced liquid 16 c.c. 1.24 Similarly, the volume of the metal piece when immersed in the liquid at 42 0 C is 46 − 30.5 15.5 V= c.c. = 1.20 1.20 Thus we can say, the initial volume of the metal piece is V0 = Therefore, the coefficient of volume expansion is V − V0 ∆V 1 γ = = = V0 ∆T V0 (T − T0 ) T − T0
V   − 1 . V   0  0 Here, the initial temperature is T0 = 27 C and the final temperature is T = 42 0 C .

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γ =

1 1  19.22   15.5 1.24  × × − 1 = × − 1 42 − 27  1.20 16 15  19.2   0.02 = = 69.44 × 10 −6 / C 0 . 15 × 19.2

The coefficient of linear expansion, α =

γ

3

= 23.15 × 10 −6 / C 0 .

Change in Density of a Solid due to Change in Temperature:

We know, the density of a material D =

M Mass = . V Volume When the temperature of a material is increased, its volume is increased but the mass remains unchanged. Thus the ratio of mass and volume changes which means the density changes. Density is increased when the volume is decreased and it is decreased when the volume is increased since the volume is in the denominator.

Suppose, the density of a material is D0 and the volume is V0 at an initial temperature T0 . The density becomes D and the volume to V when the temperature is increased to T . The mass M remains unchanged.

∴ D0 =

M M and D = V0 V

∴ The ratio of two densities,

D V0 = . D0 V If the coefficient of volume expansion of the material is γ , we can write V = V0 (1 + γ ∆T ),

where ∆T = T − T0 , the temperature difference. V0 D ∴ = (1 + γ∆T ) −1 . = D0 V0 (1 + γ∆T ) Thus we have We can also write,

D0 = D(1 + γ∆T ) .

D = D0 (1 + γ∆T ) −1 = D0 (1 − γ∆T ) . [Expanding binomially and neglecting other terms after expanding as they are much smaller than γ∆T .]
--------------------Numerical Examples with Solutions-------------------------

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Example# 1 Density of glass is 2.6 gm/cc and 2.596 gm/cc at 10 0 C and 60 0 C

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respectively. Find the average coefficient of linear expansion of glass within this range of temperature. [H.S. ‘88]
Solution: We know D0 = D(1 + γ∆T ) = D[1 + γ (T − T0 )] , where γ is the coefficient of volume expansion.

Here, D0 = 2.6 gm/cc, D = 2.596 gm/cc, T0 = 10 0 C and T = 60 0 C .

∴ 2.6 = 2.596 [1 + γ (60 − 10)] 2.6 2.6 − 2.596 Or, 50 γ = Or, 1 + γ × 50 = 2.596 2.596 0.004 ∴ γ = = 30.8 × 10 −6 / C 0 . 2.596 × 50
The coefficient of linear expansion, α =

γ

3

= 10.27 × 10 −6 / C 0 .

Thermal Stress:

The length of a solid rod expands due to heating and it contracts due to cooling. But if the rod is rigidly fixed at two ends then this expansion or contraction can not happen. Thus there is an internal force developed inside the material of the rod. This internal force per unit area of the rod is called thermal stress.
Demonstration of thermal stress

Take an iron rod B which is placed inside a heavy metal frame Y as shown in the figure. One side of the rod is threaded and the other side is having two grooves P1 and P2 . The threaded side is fitted with a screw N. An iron pin is inserted into the groove P2 and this is made to sit tight with the frame by rotating the screw. Now if the rod is heated, there is a force developed due to thermal expansion for which the pin breaks down inside the groove. Now the pin is inserted into the groove P1 and this is made to sit tight with the outside of the frame. If the rod is cooled down, the pin P1 now breaks as the rod wants to contract. Thus we have a clear demonstration of thermal expansion or contraction.

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Let a rod of length L0 be subjected to heating and the temperature of the rod is increased by ∆T . If the coefficient of linear expansion of the material of the rod be α then the expansion of the rod is ∆L = α L0 ∆T . Suppose, the same expansion in the rod be created due to a force F . If he cross-sectional area of the rod is A then the longitudinal stress is = F / A . ∆L αL0 ∆T = = α ∆T Longitudinal strain = L0 L0 F/A . ∴ We can write the Young Modulus, Y = α∆T ∴ The thermal stress developed in the rod is = Y α ∆T .
--------------------Numerical Examples with Solutions------------------------Example# 1 A steel rod is clamped rigidly at two ends. The cross-sectional area of the

rod is 4 sq. cm at 30 0 C . Find the force exerted by the rod at two ends when the temperature is increased to 60 0 C . [The Young Modulus for steel, Y = 2.1 × 1012 dyne/ cm 2 and the coefficient of linear expansion, α = 12 × 10 −6 / C 0 .] Solution: Here, the cross-sectional area A = 4 sq. cm., Y = 2.1 × 1012 dyne/ cm 2 , α = 12 × 10 −6 / C 0 , Temperature change, ∆T = T − T0 = 60 − 30 = 30 C 0 . ∴ The force to be exerted due to thermal expansion is, F = A Y α ∆T = 4 × 2.1 × 1012 × 12 × 10 −6 × 30 = 3.024 × 10 9 dyne.
Example# 2 A wire is rigidly fixed at two ends. Determine the change in tension in the

wire when the temperature is decreased by 10 0 C . The cross-section is = 0.01 sq. cm; α = 16 × 10 −6 / C 0 , Y = 20 × 1011 dyne/ cm 2 [ J.E.E.] Solution: Here, A = 0.01 sq. cm. Y = 20 × 1011 dyne/ cm 2 , α = 16 × 10 −6 / C 0 , ∆T = 10 0 C . The change in tension in the wire = the force developed due to thermal contraction F . The force, F = A Y α ∆T = 0.01 × 20 × 1011 × 16 × 10 −6 × 10 = 32 × 10 5 dyne.

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The property of thermal expansion (and contraction) of solid is often utilized in a number of ways. Sometimes, trouble arises due to the expansion or contraction with temperature and our knowledge of this is used to avoid the trouble. So there are both advantages and disadvantages. Here are some examples.
Advantages • Metal lids: Metal lids on glass jars or metal caps of glass bottles are often loosened by heating under hot water. This is possible since the expansion of glass is negligible compared to a metal lid or cap. • Iron rim: Blacksmiths put red-hot iron rims on wooden wheels of bullock carts. The radius of the rim is taken a little smaller than the outer radius of the wheel so that at normal temperature the rim can not be fitted onto the wheel. The iron rim expands when heated and thus can be easily put on the wheel. When it cools, the rim sits tight on the wheel. • Metal strips: Two metallic strips are placed together and a hole is drilled for riveting. A bolt is inserted through the hole when heated and the two ends of it are beaten flat as shown in the figure [Fig.**] to hold the two metal strips tightly. When the rivet is cooled down, it shrinks and holds the two metal strips more strongly. This is a way by which big metal strips are joined to form structures of big steel bridges.

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Thermostat: We have already seen in the previous section (**), how a bimetallic strip bends when heated. This property is used in thermostat. Thermostat is an automatic temperature control device which is used in Electric Micro oven, refrigerator, incubator, electric iron, electric heater, air cooling machine and in many other home appliances and instruments. It has been shown in the adjacent circuit how it works as an automatic switch. Here a bimetallic strip is shown to be made of invar and brass. The brass part is connected to the connecting point A of the thermostat. The bimetallic strip remains straight at ordinary temperature. Hence the thermostat circuit remains on. So the current flows through the connected heater and it keeps heating. The air around the heater gets heated and after a while the bimetallic strip also gets heated and bends. The coefficient of linear expansion for brass is more than that of invar. Thus the bimetallic strip bends in the opposite direction to the contact that is made. Because of this the circuit is disconnected and the current through the heater stops. As the heating stops, the bimetallic strip eventually comes back to normal temperature and becomes straight. Again the connection is established and the heater starts heating. This way the heating can be limited and thus the temperature can be controlled by controlling the current through the circuit.

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Fire alarm: Bimetallic strip is used in fire alarm circuit. Now the invar side is made to have contact with the thermostat. When there is fire, the bimetallic strip gets heated and it bends towards the invar side as the thermal expansion of invar will be much less than that of brass. Thus the contact is established and the current flows to start the alarm. Temperature measurement: A bimetallic strip can be used as a thermometer. At an ordinary temperature it remains flat. Suppose we find out the temperature T0 at which the bimetallic strip is exactly flat or straight. As the temperature is increased more than this, it starts bending. As the temperature is raised higher, the amount of bending becomes greater which can be correctly measured by determining the curvature. The radius of curvature becomes smaller as the bending or curvature is more. Experimentally it is seen, the radius of curvature R is inversely proportional to the temperature 1 difference, (T − T0 ) raised above T0 : R ∝ . Thus R (T − T0 ) = Constant. T − T0 This constant can be determined by measuring R from a known temperature. However, this has not much practical importance.

Fishplate: Fishplates are used to join two iron rails of certain length to make rail tracks. A gap is deliberately kept between two rail pieces and they are joined by fishplates fitted with nut and bolts. The gap is kept to allow thermal expansion due to excessive heating in the day time and that due to friction by running trains. Also it may be noticed that the holes in a fishplate are made elongated along the length of it so as to allow expansion or contraction along the length.

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Bridge: Both the ends of a steel or iron bridge are generally not rigidly fixed to concrete foundations. One end is left free and placed on a rocker kept on the concrete slab (Fig, **). This allows the steel bridge to have free expansion or contraction due to temperature variation. There could be damage in the concrete foundation due to thermal expansion or contraction if both the sides would be rigidly fixed inside the concrete.

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Breaking of glass: A thick glass tumbler often breaks when hot water is poured in it. Glass is a bad conductor of heat. Thus the inside of the glass tumbler expands more due to heating compared to that of outside where heat can not reach quickly. This uneven expansion (or contraction in the case of cooling) causes an unbalanced thermal stress on the wall of the glass and the glass breaks. For a thin glass wall this is less likely to happen as the heat can flow to all parts of it more efficiently. Pyrex is a special type of glass whose linear expansion coefficient is comparatively small (three times less than ordinary glass). The thermal expansion in such a glass material is much less and thus the possibility of breaking is also less likely. The beakers, test tubes etc. that are used in laboratories are made out of this kind of glass. Metal scale: A metal scale is standardized at a certain temperature. Thus the marks in it are correct only at that temperature. Metal is good conductor of heat. The distance between two marks are expanded or contracted due to heating or cooling. Thus to have correct measure by such a scale we have to know the coefficient of expansion of the material of the scale and then to calculate the correct scale reading. Aluminium piston: The aluminium pistons of some car engines are made a little bit smaller in diameter than the steel cylinders to allow for the greater expansion rate of alumimium. Cavity in Teeth: Dentists use filling material for the cavities of teeth which has the same rate of expansion as teeth. Concrete Roadways: Concrete roadways and footpaths are intersected by gaps, sometimes filled with tar or some other material so that concrete can expand freely in summer and contract in winter. Electric Bulbs: The filament of an electric bulb is made of such a material (tungsten, platinum) whose coefficient of thermal expansion is very close to that of the glass. A high vacuum is created inside the bulb and the filament is inserted and sealed at high temperature. If the glass and the filament are of different expansion rates, there can be gaps created in the seal after cooling.

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Compensated Pendulum:
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bob. In summer, this effective length increases due to increase in temperature. Hence the time period increases and the clock slows down. On the other hand in winter, due to decrease in temperature the effective length of the rod decreases. Thus the time period decreases and the clock runs faster. But the effective length of the suspension rod should be kept fixed to get correct timing in all seasons. Therefore, some arrangement is made to compensate the expansion and contraction of the suspension rod. The clock is then called compensated pendulum. The basic principle is demonstrated in the Fig. **. AB and CD are two different rods made of different metals. These two rods are joined by another rod BC. There is expansion in the two rods AB and CD due to increase in temperature. The lengths and the materials of the two rods are taken in such a way that the expansions in the two rods are same. Thus the distance between the suspension point O and the centre of gravity D of the bob remains unchanged. Fig. to be included Suppose the initial lengths of the two rods AB and CD are L1 and L2 respectively and the linear coefficients of expansion of the materials of the two rods are α 1 and α 2 . The lengths of the rods become L1α ∆T and L2α ∆T respectively, due to the increase in temperature ∆T . ∴ The condition for the effective length of suspension to remain unchanged is
L1α ∆T = L2α ∆T L1 α 2 Or, . = L2 α 1 Thus the lengths of the rods are to be selected such that they are inversely proportional to their thermal expansion coefficients. In this picture, L1 > L2 and thus α 2 > α 1 . Here the coefficient of thermal expansion for CD rod is greater than that of AB rod.

Compensated Balance Wheel:
There is a balance wheel inside a wrist watch or small clocks instead of pendulums. The rotational oscillation of such a wheel regulates the clock. The time period of oscillation of such a wheel depends on the radius of it. The radius is increased due to increase in temperature so the time period increases. Thus the watch goes slow. On the other hand, when the radius is decreased due to decrease in temperature the time period is decreased. Thus the watch runs faster. The compensated balance wheel is used in order to keep the radius unchanged in all seasons. The compensated balance wheel is divided into three parts as shown in the Fig. **. Each part is made of a bimetallic strip. The outer side of the bimetallic strip is brass and the inner side is of stainless steel. One end of each part is attached to the centre of the wheel with a spoke and the other part carries a heavy screw. The lengths of the spokes are increased as the temperature is raised. As a result the radius of the balance wheel is

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increased and the screws go away from the centre. The effective radius of the wheel is thus increased. At the same time the bimetallic strips bend inwards and the screws move towards the centre. As a result the effective wheel radius decreases. The two effects compensate and finally the effective radius remains unchanged due to temperature variation. Thus the time period does not change and the clock gives correct time in all seasons. Fig. to be included

--------------------Numerical Examples with Solutions------------------------Example# 1. The gap between two segments of a rail line is 0.5 inch at 10 0 C . If the

length of each segment is 66 ft then at what temperature the gap will be closed? α = 11 × 10 −6 / 0C . [H.S.] Solution: The gap will be closed when the increase in length of each segment will be equal to the size of the gap. 0.5 ft, and the increase in temperature, The increase in length, ∆L = L − L0 = 0.5 in = 12 ∆T = T − T0 , L0 = 66 ft, T0 = 10 0 C , T = ? We know, ∆L = α L0 (T − T0 ) 0.5 = 66 × 11 × 10 −6 (T − T0 ) Or, 12 0.5 × 10 6 Or, T − T0 = = 57.39 Or, T = 10 +57.39 = 67.39 12 × 66 × 11 ∴ The gap will be closed at 67.39 0 C .
Example# 2. The difference of lengths of two metal rods is always 25 cm. The

coefficients of linear expansion of them are 1.28 × 10 −5 / 0C and 1.92 × 10 −5 / 0C . Find their [H.S. ‘01] lengths at 0 0 C . Solution: Let us assume, the lengths of the two rods at 0 0 C are L1 and L2 . We also assume L1 > L2 . ∴ According to question, we have L1 − L2 = 25. The coefficients of linear expansion for the materials of the two rods are α 1 = 1.28 × 10 −5 / 0C and α 2 = 1.92 × 10 −5 / 0C respectively. If the temperature is increased by ∆T , then the expansion in two rods has to be the same so as to keep the difference of lengths unchanged.

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L1 × 1.28 × 10 −5 × ∆T = L2 × 1.92 × 10 −5 × ∆T L1 1.92 3 3 Or, = = ⇒ L1 = L2 L2 1.28 2 2 3 3 ∴ L2 − L2 = 25 ⇒ L2 = 50 cm. , L1 = × 50 = 75 cm. 2 2 0 ∴ The lengths of the two rods at C are 75 cm and 50 cm, respectively. ∴

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Example# 3. The length difference between an iron and a copper rod at 50 0 C is 2 cm.

The same difference is observed when the two rods are at a temperature, 450 0 C . What will be the length difference at 0 0C ? Given, α = 12 × 10 −6 / 0C (iron) and α = 17 × 10 −6 / 0C (copper). [J.E.E.] Solution: Suppose the lengths of iron rod and copper rod at 50 0 C are x cm and y cm, respectively. Since the difference in lengths of the two rods remains unchanged when the temperature is raised to 450 0 C , the expansions in the two rods should be equal. Expansion in iron rod = x × 12 × 10 −6 × (450 − 50) = x × 12 × 10 −6 × 400 cm. Expansion in copper rod = y × 17 × 10 −6 × (450 − 50) = y × 17 × 10 −6 × 400 cm.
∴ According to question, x × 12 × 10 −6 × 400 = y × 17 × 10 −6 × 400 17 x= y. Or, 12 Looking at the values of the linear expansion coefficients, we can say that the iron rod is bigger than the copper rod. Thus we have, x > y .

∴ x − y = 2 Or,
Or, y =

17 y−y=2 12

∴ 6.8 = x0 { + 12 × 10 −6 × 50} Or, x0 = 6.796 cm 1 ∴ y 0 = 6.796 − 2 = 4.796 cm.

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Example# 4. A steel scale gives correct reading at 15 0C . A distance measured by this

scale at 30 0C is 2000 ft. What is the possible error in measuring the distance? The [H.S. ‘94] coefficient of linear expansion for steel is 0.000011 / 0 C . Solution: If the steel scale measures 1 ft at 30 0C then the actual reading should be = 1 × [1 + 0.000011 × (30 − 15)]] = 1 + 0.000011 × 15 = 1.000165 ft.

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∴ The actual reading for 2000 ft would be = 2000 × 1.000165 = 2000.33 ft. ∴ The scale now measures (2000.33 − 2000) ft. = 0.33 ft less; this is the error involved.
Example# 5. A steel scale gives correct reading at 0 0C . The length of a rod is

measured to be 50 cm by this scale at 50 0C . What will be the correct length of the rod? [H.S. ’92, ‘95] [The coefficient of linear expansion for steel, α = 12 × 10 −6 / 0C ] Solution: If the steel scale measures 1 cm at 15 0 C then the actual reading should be = 1 × [1 + 0.000012 × (15 − 0)]] = 1 + 0.000012 × 15 = 1.00018 cm. ∴ The actual reading corresponding to 50 cm is = 50 × 1.00018 = 50.009 cm. Example# 6. A metal scale gives correct reading at 25 0C . If the length of a rod is measured to be 80 cm by this scale at 15 0C , find the correct length of the rod at this [H.S. ‘97] temperature. Given, α = 15 × 10 −6 / 0C Solution: If the reading is 1 cm. by the metal scale at 15 0 C , then the actual reading should be = 1 × [1 + 0.000015 × (15 − 25)]] = 1 − 0.000015 × 10 = 0.99985 cm. ∴ The correct length corresponding to a reading of 80 cm is = 0.99985 × 80 = 79.988 cm.
Example# 7. A steel scale is errorless at 50 0 F . The length of a brass rod is measured to

be 1.5 m by the scale at 50 0 C . What will be the actual length of the rod at 100 0C ? [ The coefficient of linear expansion for steel is = 11.2 × 10 −6 / 0C and that for brass is = 18 × 10 −6 / 0C .] [H.S. ‘00] Solution: C F − 32 The relation between the Fahrenheit and the Celsius scale is = . 5 9 C 50 − 32 = ∴ Or, C = 10 . 5 9 ∴ The temperature of 50 0 F measured in Fahrenheit scale is 10 0C in Celsius scale. The steel scale is thus errorless at 10 0 C . If the reading by this scale is 1 m at 50 0C , the actual reading should be 1 × [1 + 0.0000112 × (50 − 10)]] = 1 + 0.0000112 × 40 = 1.000448 m. ∴ The actual reading corresponding to 1.5 m is = 1.5 × 1.000448 = 1.5007 m. ∴ The actual length of the brass rod at 50 0C is = 1.5007 m. ∴ The actual length of the brass rod at 100 0C is = 1.5007 × [1 + 0.000018 × (100 − 50)] = 1.5007 × (1 + 0.000018 × 50) = 1.502 m.
Example# 8. A brass scale attached to a barometer is errorless at 0 0 C . The coefficient,

α for brass is = 0.00002 / 0 C . The barometer gives reading 75 cm at 27 0C . What should be the actual reading? [I.I.T.] Solution:

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The barometer scale is errorless at 0 0C . The scale will expand at 27 0 C . The reading of 75 cm of length at 27 0C will be = 75 × [1 + 0.00002 × (27 − 0)] = 75 × 1.00054 = 75.0405 cm. ∴ The actual reading of the barometer is = 75.0405 cm.
Example# 9. A thin steel ring is heated up to 95 0C . The ring is now exactly fitted on to

a steel cylinder at this temperature. The system is now cooled down to 20 0 C . The diameter of the cylinder is 10 cm at 20 0 C . Find the thermal stress developed inside the ring. The Young modulus of steel, Y = 21 × 10 5 kg / cm 2 and the coefficient of linear expansion, α = 12 × 10 −6 / 0C. [J.E.E. ‘88] Solution: The thermal stress = Y α ∆T = 21 × 10 5 × 12 × 10 −6 × (95 − 20) = 1890 kg/cm 2 = 1890 × 1000 × 980 dyne/cm 2 = 1.8522 × 10 9 dyne/cm 2 .
Example# 10. A pendulum clock gives correct time at 20 0 C . Sometimes, the clock

slows down to 30 seconds a day. What is the temperature during that time? The coefficient of linear expansion of the material of the pendulum bar is = 18 × 10 −6 / 0C. [H.S. ‘89] Solution: The pendulum slows down means the time period of oscillation is increased. This happens when the length of the bar (suspension rod) is increased. This suggests that the temperature is increased. Let us suppose, the length of the pendulum bar is L1 at 20 0C and it is L2 when the temperature is increased by ∆T . ∴ We can write, L2 = L1 [1 + α ∆T ] When the clock gives correct time, it strikes off each second for half a swing. The full time period for each swing is then t1 = 2 s.
∴ 2 = 2π
L1 g 1 day = 24 × 60 × 60 = 86400 s. (i)

When the clock goes slow by 30 seconds, it actually strikes (86400 − 30) = 86370 times a day which means, 86370 half swings in 86400 seconds. Thus the actual time required for 86400 one half swing now is = s. 86370 86400 ∴ The time period (= one full swing), t 2 = × 2 s. 86370 L2 L1 [1 + α∆T ] = We can write, t 2 = 2π (ii) g g ∴ (ii) ÷ (i):

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86400 1/ 2 = [1 + α∆T ] = [1 + 0.000018 × ∆T ] 1 / 2 86370 1 86400 Or, = 1 + × 0.000018 × ∆T 2 86370 [Binomially expanding and neglecting other terms as they are very small] 2 30 × 2  86400  − 1 × = Or, ∆T =   86370  0.000018 86370 × 0.000018 Or, ∆T = 38.6 ∴ The required temperature is = 20 + 38.6 = 58.6 0 C . Or,
Example# 11. A pendulum clock, made of iron, gives correct time at 20 0 C . Find out

how much time the clock runs fast or slow when the temperature is changed to 40 0 C . Given, the coefficient of volume expansion of iron = 36 × 10 −6 / 0C . [H.S. ’92, ’03; I.I.T.] Solution: Let us suppose, the length of the pendulum bar is L1 at 20 0C and L2 at 40 0C , and the corresponding time periods are t1 and t 2 respectively. We can write, t1 = 2π L1 L2 and t 2 = 2π . g g

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average length of each steel rod is 90 cm, what is the average length of each brass rod? Given, the coefficient of linear expansion for steel = 12 × 10 −6 / 0C and that for brass = 19 × 10 −6 / 0C . Solution: According to the working principle of compensated pendulum, we ca say The increment of length for 3 steel rods = the increment of length for 2 brass rods. [ L = length of each brass rod] Or, 3 × 90 × 12 × 10 −6 = 2 × L × 19 × 10 −6 3 × 90 × 12 Or, L = Or, L = 85.26 cm. 2 × 19 Example# 13. A meter scale has to be made out of steel so that the maximum error in measuring1 mm can be 0.0005 mm at any temperature. What can be maximum change in temperature that can be tolerated? Given, the coefficient of linear expansion for steel = 13.22 × 10 −6 / 0C [I.I.T.] Solution: Suppose, the maximum change in temperature is δT for which there can be the maximum error 0.0005 mm in measuring 1 mm. For the increase in temperature of δT , the reading for 1 mm will be = 1.0005 mm. ∴ 1.0005 = 1 + α δT Or, 1.0005 = 1 + 13.22 × 10 −6 × δT 0.0005 = 37.82 0C . Or, δT = 13.22 × 10 −6
Example# 14. A equilateral triangle is formed by three rods at 0 0 C . One of the three

rods is made of invar (the thermal expansion of invar is negligible) and the rest two are made of some other material. When the triangle is heated up to 100 0 C , the two rods, made of same material, subtend an angle of ( π / 3 − θ ) between them. Show that the coefficient of linear expansion of the material of the two rods is 3θ / 200 0 C . [J.E.E.; H.S. ‘99] Solution: Suppose, the length of each rod is l at 0 0C and the coefficient of linear expansion of the material of two rods (AD and BD, shown in the figure**) = α . Fig. to be included ∴The length of each of the rods (AD and BD) at 100 0 C will be l1 = l (1 + 100α ). It is assumed that the base AB is made of invar and thus it does not expand appreciably. Now a perpendicular is drawn from the vertex of the triangle on to the base which bisects the base (see figure). Now from the triangle ADO, we can write l1 l l (1 + 100α ) l/2 = = Or, 2 sin(π / 6 − θ / 2) 1 sin(π / 6 − θ / 2) sin π / 2 1 Or, sin(π / 6 − θ / 2) = 2(1 + 100α )

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1 3 θ 1 .1 − . = 2 2 2 2(1 + 100α ) 3 1 θ = 1− 2 (1 + 100α )

θ
2

θ
2

and cos

θ
2

→ 1]

3 100α 100α = θ= 2 1 + 100α 1 3 ∴α= θ / 0C . 200

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π

− θ ) , usually only a little less than the 3 previous value. One can thus easily think that θ is small.

π

Example# 15. A uniform pressure P is applied on all sides of a solid cube. How much

of its temperature has to be raised so that the volume of the cube will be unchanged? Given, the coefficient of volume expansion = γ and the bulk modulus = B . [I.I.T.] Solution: If the initial volume of the cube is = V and the decrease in volume due to applied pressure P is = ∆V then the bulk modulus, PV P Or, ∆V = . B= ∆V B V Suppose, the increase of temperature has to be ∆T to keep the volume unchanged. Then we have, ∆V = γ V ∆T PV P ∴ γ V ∆T = Or, ∆T = . B Bγ Example# 16. A 100 cm long rod is clamped at one end. A screw is attached to the free end of the rod. The pitch of the screw is 0.5 mm. The screw can go back and forth along the length of the rod when rotated. A circular scale with 100 divisions is attached with this. The screw moves one smallest division on the linear pitch scale for one full rotation of the circular scale. One smallest division on the linear scale is 0.5 mm. At 20 0 C , the linear scale reads something little more than 0 and the circular scale reads 92. If the

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temperature of the rod is raised to 100 0C , the linear scale shows a little above 4 and the circular scale reads 72. Find the coefficient of linear expansion for the material of the rod. [I.I.T.] Solution: Screw pitch = 0.5 mm. Total divisions of the circular scale = 100. 0.5 The least count of the screw = = 0.005 mm. One division in the circular scale is 100 equal to 0.005 mm in the linear scale. Thus the total scale reading for 20 0 C is = 0 × 0.5 + 0.005 × 92 = 0.46 mm. The total scale reading for 100 0C is = 4 × 0.5 + 0.005 × 72 = 2.36 mm. ∴ The increase in length = 2.36 − 0.46 = 1.9 mm = 0.19 cm. Thus we can write, 0.19 = α × 100 × (100 − 20) 0.19 ∴ α= = 23.75 × 10 −6 / 0C . 100 × 80
Example# 17. Two rods of equal cross-section are joined fact to face. The joint rod is 1

m long at 25 0C and one in the composition is a 30 cm long copper rod. The joint rod is expanded by 1.91 mm at 125 0 C . If the joint rod is kept between two rigid walls, it does not expand even when the temperature is increased. What is the Young modulus and the thermal coefficient of linear expansion for the material of the other rod? For copper, the coefficient of linear expansion = 1.7 × 10 −5 / 0C and Young modulus, Y = 1.3 × 1011 N / m 2 . [I.I.T.; J.E.E.] Solution: At 25 0C , the length of the copper rod = 30 cm and the length of the other rod = 100 − 30 = 70 cm. At 125 0C , the increase in length of the copper rod = 30 × 1.7 × 10 −5 × (125 − 25) = 0.051 cm = 0.51 mm. ∴ The increase in length of the other rod = 1.91 − 0.51 = 1.4 mm. If the coefficient of linear expansion of the material of the other rod is α , 0.14 0.14 = 70 × α × (125 − 25) Or, α = = 2.0 × 10 −5 / 0C 70 × 100 Thermal stress due to change in temperature ∆T is = Y α ∆T . Thermal stress in copper rod = 1.3 × 1011 × 1.7 × 10 −5 × ∆T Thermal stress in the other rod = Y × 2 × 10 −5 × ∆T Since the cross-sectional area of the two rods is same, the thermal stress in two rods is also same. ∴ Y × 2 × 10 −5 × ∆T = 1.3 × 1011 × 1.7 × 10 −5 × ∆T 1.3 × 1011 × 1.7 × 10 −5 Or, Y = = 1.105 × 1011 N/m 2 . −5 2 × 10
Example# 18. An aluminium sphere is immersed in oil at 20 0 C and at 1 atm pressure.

How much has the pressure to be increased at 35 0C so that the sphere will not expand?

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∴ V = V0 [1 + γ (35 − 20)] = V0 [1 + 3α × 15] = V0 1 + 3 × 23 × 10 −6 × 15 V V = 1 + 1035 × 10 −6 Or, − 1 = 1035 × 10 −6 Or, V0 V0 V − V0 ∆V Or, = = 1035 × 10 −6 V0 V0 P . If we now assume that the pressure is increased to P , then K = ∆V V0 ∆V ∴P=K = 7.7 × 1010 × 1035 × 10 −6 N/m 2 V0
=

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7.7 × 1035 × 10 4 atm = 786.7 atm. [ 101.3 × 10 3 N/m 2 = 1 atm] 101300 ∴The pressure is to be increased by 785.7 atm above the standard atmospheric pressure of 1 atm.
Example# 19. A solid brass cylinder, having mass 500 gm and radius 3 cm, is placed

on a frictionless bearing. At 20 0 C , the angular speed of this cylinder around its axis is 60 radian/sec. Will there be any change in the angular speed, angular momentum and rotational kinetic energy of the cylinder when the temperature of it is increased to 100 0C ? If so, then determine the percentage change in the above mentioned quantities. Given, α for brass = 2 × 10 −5 / 0C . [J.E.E.] Solution: 1 The moment of inertia of the solid cylinder, I = MR 2 . 2 0 The radius, R at 20 C is 3 cm. 1 1 ∴ The moment of inertial at 20 0 C is I 1 = M (3) 2 = M × 9 gm cm 2 . 2 2 0 When the temperature is raised to 100 C , the radius = 3 × [1 + 2 × 10 −5 × (100 − 20)] = 3.0048 cm. 1 1 ∴The moment of inertial at 100 0 C is I 2 = M (3.0048) 2 = M × 9.029 gm cm 2 . 2 2 The angular momentum remains constant. The angular speed changes. 1 M × 9 × 60 I 1ω1 9 × 60 2 = ∴ I 1ω1 = I 2ω 2 ⇒ ω 2 = = = 59.808 radian/sec. 1 I2 9.029 M × 9.029 2

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ω 2 − ω1 × 100 ω1

59.808 − 60 × 100 = −0.32% . [Negative sign is due to the decrease in angular speed] 60 1 2 The rotational kinetic energy at 20 0C , E1 = I 1ω1 . 2 1 2 The rotational kinetic energy at 100 0C , E 2 = I 2ω 2 . 2 E − E1 ∴ The percentage change in rotational kinetic energy is = 2 × 100 = E1
I 2ω 2 − I 1ω1
2 2

I 1ω1

2

× 100 =

9.029 × (59.808) 2 − 9 × (60) 2 × 100 = -0.32%. 9 × (60) 2

Example# 20. Two rods of different materials are joined end to end and the two other

ends of the rods are clamped at two opposite and parallel walls. The area of cross-section of both the rods is A . The length, the coefficient of linear expansion and the Young modulus of one rod are l1 , α 1 and Y1 whereas for the other rod they are l 2 , α 2 and Y2 . The temperature of the rods are increased by T 0C . Determine the aggregate force developed and the lengths of the rods in this situation. [I.I.T.] Solution: Total thermal expansion in the two rods is = l1α 1T + l 2α 2T . Due to the clamping at two opposite walls, there will be a thermal stress developed inside the two rods. The contraction in the two rods will then balance the thermal expansion. Let us say, the force developed inside each rod be F . If the contraction in the first rod is ∆l1 and that in the second rod is ∆l 2 , we can write from the definition of Young modulus, Fl F/A Y1 = Or, ∆l1 = 1 and ∆l1 / l1 AY1 Fl F/A Y2 = Or, ∆l 2 = 2 . AY2 ∆l 2 / l 2 Fl Fl 2 The total contraction in the two rods is = ∆l1 + ∆l 2 = 1 + . AY1 AY2 ∴ l1α 1T + l 2α 2T =
l l  Fl1 Fl 2 + Or, AT (l1α 1 + l 2α 2 ) = F  1 + 2  Y Y  AY1 AY2 2   1 ATY1Y2 (l1α 1 + l 2α 2 ) Or, F = . l1Y2 + l 2Y1

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l 2 and another of coefficient α 1 and length l1 are freely jointed to form an isosceles triangle. The base of the triangle l1 is nailed at the middle. What can be the relation between l1 and l 2 so that the distance between the vertex and the mid point of the base remains unchanged even if the temperature is changed? Solution: ABC is an isosceles triangle and D is the mid point of the base BC which is nailed (as shown in the Figure**).

Example# 21. Two rods of same coefficient of linear expansion α 2 and of equal length

Fig. to be included

According to the figure, AD =
2 2 2

l2

2

l  −  1  = x (say,) 2

2

l  ∴ x = l2 −  1  2 As the temperature is changed by ∆T = t , the lengths of the rods are changed to ′ ′ l 2 = l 2 (1 + α 2 t ) and l1 = l1 (1 + α 1t ) . If now the length AD = y , then we can write

l ′  1 2 2 y = l 2 −  1  = l 2 (1 + α 2 t ) 2 − l1 (1 + α 1t ) 2 2 4   1 2 2 [neglecting square terms, as they are small] = l 2 (1 + 2α 2 t ) − l1 (1 + 2α 1t ) 4 According to question, x 2 = y 2
2

2

′2

Or, l 2

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l 1 2 1 α1 l1 α 1t Or, 2 = 2 l1 2 α 2

This is the required relation.

Example# 22. Two metal strips of length l 0 and width x are riveted at a temperature t

such that the ends of them coincide. The coefficients of linear expansion of the materials of the rods are α 1 and α 2 ( α 1 > α 2 ). This bimetallic strip bends like an arc of a circle when the temperature is raised to (t + δt ) . Find the radius of curvature of the bent strip. Solution: Let us suppose, the lengths of the strips, AB and CD at higher temperature are l1 and l 2 and their radii of curvatures are r1 and r2 where θ is the angle subtended at the centre as shown in the Fig.**. ∴ l1 = l 0 (1 + α 1δt ) = r1θ ……………(i) and l 2 = l 0 (1 + α 2δt ) = r2θ ……………..(ii) Subtracting (ii) from (i), l (α − α 2 )δt l (α − α 2 )δt θ (r1 − r2 ) = l 0 (α 1 − α 2 )δt ∴ θ = 0 1 = 0 1 [ Q r1 − r2 = x ] r1 − r2 x Now, adding up (i) and (ii), 2l + l (α + α 2 )δt 2l + l (α + α 2 )δt = 0 0 1 r1 + r2 = 0 0 1

θ θ 2l + l (α + α 2 )δt {2l 0 + l 0 (α 1 + α 2 )δt}x = 0 0 1 . ×x = l 0 (α 1 − α 2 )δt l 0 (α 1 − α 2 )δt
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Example# 23. A 600 cm steel rod is clamped firmly at one end and the other end of it is

kept at 10 cm away from the suspension point of a lever. If the temperature of the rod is increased by 50 0 C , the lever is rotated by an angle of 2 0 . Find the increment in length of the rod and the coefficient of linear expansion. Solution: The increment in length of the rod,
∆l = rθ

[Here, r = 10 cm, θ = 2 ×

π

= 0.349 cm. 180 9 The coefficient of linear expansion of the material of the rod, ∆l α= [Here, l 0 = 600 cm (initial length), ∆T = 50 0 C ] l 0 × ∆T 0.349 = = 11.6 × 10 −6 / 0C . 600 × 50

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Example# 24. Three rods of equal length at 0 0 C form an equilateral triangle, ABC (as

shown in Figure**). The coefficient of linear expansion for the material of the rod AB is α and that for other two rods is β . How much will be the increase in angle C at t 0C ? [J.E.E. ‘98] Solution: At 0 0 C , the angle ∠C = 60 0 C =

π

3

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Let us now assume, ∠C = 2φ , where φ =

π
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[Note that the angle C may decrease or increase according to the amount of expansions of the rods. Here, in the figure, it is shown to decrease.] If l be the length of each rod at 0 0 C , we can write for the extended triangle, l / 2(1 + αt ) l / 2(1 + αt ) l (1 + β t ) = Or, sin φ = 0 sin φ l (1 + β t ) sin 90 1 + αt π π 1 + αt π  Or, sin cos θ − cos sin θ = Or, sin  − θ  = 2(1 + βt ) 6 6 6  2(1 + βt ) 1 3 1  1 + αt   cos θ − sin θ =  2 2 2  1 + βt    1 + αt [Q θ small ∴ sin θ = θ , cos θ = 1 ] Or, 1 − 3θ = 1 + βt 1  1 + αt  ( β − α )t 1 − Or, θ =  1 + βt  =  3 3 (1 + β t )  2( β − α )t ∴ The total increase in the angle C at t 0 C is = 2θ = . 3 (1 + β t ) Or, Fig. to be included

--------------------Discussions on some Questions------------------------Q.1 Is it possible for the difference in length of a brass rod and a steel rod to remain

same at all temperatures? [I.I.T.] Ans. This is possible only when the amount of expansion (or contraction) of the brass rod is equal to that of the steel rod for the same increase (or decrease) in temperature. Let us suppose, the coefficient of linear expansion for brass = α B , the coefficient for steel = α S and at a particular temperature, the length of the brass rod = LB , the length of the steel rod = LS . According to question, the increment in length in the two rods will be the same for an increase in temperature, ∆T .

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LB α S = LS α B Thus the ratio of lengths of the two rods has to be equal to the inverse of the ratio of the coefficients of their materials.

Q.2 A brass disc sits tight inside a hole in steel. Will you heat up this to remove the disc

out of the hole? Given, α for brass = 19 × 10 −6 / 0 C and α for steel = 12 × 10 −6 / 0 C . [I.I.T.] Ans. We have to cool this place to remove the brass disc out of the steel hole. The diameter of the brass disc is equal to the inner diameter of the steel hole at the initial stage. The value of the coefficient of linear expansion of brass is bigger than the coefficient of linear expansion of steel. Thus for the same amount of heating, the expansion of the diameter of brass disc will be more than the expansion of the inner diameter of the steel hole. For this the brass disc will sit there more tightly. On the other hand, when we cool this place, the decrease in the diameter of brass disc will be more than the decrease in the diameter of the steel hole. Hence the brass disc will get loose and come out.
Q.3 An isosceles triangle is formed by three zinc rods. Will the base angles of the

triangle change due to a change in temperature? Explain. [H.S. ‘88] Ans. Let us suppose, the initial length of two equal arms of the triangle is = a and the initial length of the base is = b . Thus the ratio of the lengths of the arms = a : a : b . If the coefficient of linear expansion for zinc is α , then due to increase in temperature t , the ratio of the lengths of the arms is now a(1 + αt ) : a(1 + αt ) : b(1 + αt ) = a : a : b . Hence the ratio of the lengths of the arms of the triangle remains the same and so we can conclude that the angles also remain unchanged.
Q.4 A copper strip and an iron strip of same size are riveted together. Explain what

happens when such a combination is heated. [J.E.E. ‘87] Ans. The bimetallic strip made of copper and iron bends when it is heated. The coefficient of linear expansion for iron and the coefficient for copper are not same. Otherwise it would remain straight. The coefficient of linear expansion for copper is more than that for iron. Thus the expansion in copper strip will be more than that in iron strip. The combination will thus be bent because of unequal expansion. The copper strip will be on the outer side as it expands more and the iron strip will be on the inner side when bent.
Q.5 An iron rod is inserted in a circular iron ring along its diameter. Explain whether the

ring to remain circular when the combination is heated. [J.E.E. ‘85] Ans. The ring remains circular when the combination is heated. Let us suppose, the initial diameter of the ring is d and the coefficient of linear expansion is α .

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∴ The perimeter of the ring = π d and the length of the rod = d .
∴ The ratio of the perimeter of the ring and the length of the rod =

=π . d If now the temperature of the combination is increased by ∆T , the perimeter of the ring = πd (1 + α∆T ) and the length of the rod = d (1 + α∆T ) . πd (1 + α∆T ) ∴ The ratio of the perimeter of the ring and the length of the rod = =π . d (1 + α∆T ) Thus it shows that the ring will remain circular.
Q.6 The area of cross-section and the length of two rods are same. But the materials of

πd

the rods are not same; the elastic and thermal properties are different. The two rods are fixed in two rigid walls along their lengths. What can be the relation between their Young modulus and coefficient of linear expansion so that the meeting point of the two rods may not change even when they are heated? [J.E.E. ‘89] Ans. Two rods are fixed rigidly. If the thermal stresses in them are equal, when heated, the meeting point of the rods does not change. Suppose, the Young modulus and the coefficient of linear expansion for the first rod are Y1 and α 1 and those for the second rod are Y2 and α 2 respectively. If the temperature is increased by ∆T , the thermal stress developed in first rod = Y1α 1 ∆T and the thermal stress developed in the second rod = Y2α 2 ∆T . Therefore, the condition for the meeting point of the rods to remain unchanged is Y α Y1α 1 ∆T = Y2α 2 ∆T Or, 1 = 2 . Y2 α 1
Q.7 Does the volume expansion of a solid body due to heating differ if it contains a hole in it? Justify your answer. [J.E.E.] Ans. The change in volume of a solid body due to the change in temperature does not depend on whether the body contains a hole in it. If the hole would be filled up with solid of same material, it would expand (or contract) at the same rate. Thus the volume of the hole will expand (or contract) with the same rate as that of the solid body. There will be no effect. Q.8 A solid and a hollow cylinder of same size and made of same material are taken.

Explain if the expansions in them be same when they are heated. [H.S. ‘90] Ans. The volume expansions in the solid and in the hollow cylinders of same size and same material will be the same if their temperatures are raised to same amount. Suppose, the length and radius of the two cylinders be l1 and r1 . The initial volume of both the cylinders, V1 = πr1 l1 . As the temperature is increased by ∆T , we consider the changes in the hollow cylinder: The length, l 2 = l1 (1 + α∆T ) and the radius, r2 = r1 (1 + α∆T ) .
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Q.9 A pendulum has length l , time period T and the coefficient of linear expansion α .

Show that the change in time period due to the change in temperature ∆t is = and the rate of change of time period is =
Ans.

1 αT∆t 2

1 αT . 2

[J.E.E. ‘94]

The time period of the pendulum at the initial stage is T = 2π

l . g If the temperature is increased by ∆t , the length is changed to l (1 + α∆t ) .

l l (1 + α∆t ) (1 + α∆t )1 / 2 = 2π g g  1  = T 1 + α∆t  [Neglecting other terms of the Binomial expansion]  2  ∴ The increase in time period in the time interval ∆t is 1  1  = T ′ − T = T 1 + α∆t  − T = αT∆t . 2  2  1 αT∆t 1 2 ∴The rate of increase in time period = = αT . 2 ∆t
∴The new time period, T ′ = 2π
-----------------------------Questionnaire-------------------------------Very brief questions: Answer in a few words Marks: 1

1. What is the unit of the coefficient of linear expansion? [/ C 0 or often written as / 0 C or 0 C −1 ] 2. What is the relation between the coefficients of linear expansion and volume expansion? [ γ = 3α ]

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1. Due to increase in temperature, each side of a copper cube is increased by 0.1%. The volume of the cube is increased by ------------. [0.3%] 2. If the temperature is increased, the density of a solid -------------. [decreases] 3. A pendulum clock keeps correct time at 20 0 C . If the room temperature is 40 0 C , the clock goes -----------. [slow] 4. The thermal expansion of invar is -------- than that of other metals or alloys. [less]

1. When a hollow metal sphere is heated, the volume of the cavity inside (a) remains same, (b) decreases, (c) increases [(c)] 2. Which of the following has highest percentage increase when a solid metal sphere is heated? (a) length, (b) area, (c) volume, (d) density [(c)] 0 3. A steel scale gives correct reading at 10 C . When this is used to measure a rod at 30 0 C , the measured length will be (a) equal to correct length, (b) less than the correct length, (c) more than the correct length [(b)] 4. Platinum wire can be sealed with a glass wall because platinum and glass have (a) equal density, (b) equal melting point, (c) equal specific heat, (d) equal coefficient of linear expansion [(d)] 5. The ratio of lengths of two iron rods is 1:2 and the ratio of cross-section of them is 2:3. The ratio of volume expansion of the two rods due to same temperature increase is (a) 1:2, (b) 1:3, (c) 2:3, (d) 1:6 [(b)] 6. A brass disc is tightly sitting inside an iron hole. What is the most useful technique to pull the disc out of the hole? [The coefficient of linear expansion of brass is more than that of iron.] (a) The combination has to be heated, (b) The combination has to be cooled, (c) Hitting is required than cooling or heating, (d) Has to be heated first and then to immerse in water for cooling. [(b)] 7. An isosceles triangle is formed by three iron rods. What will be the change in angles when the triangle is heated? (a) No change, (b) The base angles increase but the vertex angle decreases, (c) The base angles decrease but the vertex angle increases, (d) Nothing can be said [(a)]

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8. At 0 0 C , an aluminium rod (coefficient of linear expansion α 1 ) of length l1 and an iron rod (coefficient of linear expansion α 2 ) of length l 2 are joined together to form a single rod of length l1 + l 2 . If the expansion in the two rods is same for the l1 temperature increase of t 0 C , the value of will be l1 + l 2 (a)

α1 α α1 α2 , (b) 2 , (c) , (d) α2 α1 α1 + α 2 α1 + α 2
−6 0

[I.I.T.-J.E.E. ‘03]

[(d)] 9. The coefficient of linear expansion for brass is 19 × 10 / C . A brass circular disc has area 25 cm 2 at 0 0 C . The area at 80 0 C is (a) 25.038 cm 2 , (b) 25.076 cm 2 , (c) 25.114 cm 2 , (d) 25.38 cm 2 [(b)] 0 10. At 10 C , the length of each rail segment is 25 m. How much gap has to be kept between two such segments such that there will not be any deformation up to a temperature, 50 0 C ? [For steel, α = 11 × 10 −6 / 0C .] (a) 5.5 mm, (b) 8.25 mm, (c) 1.1 mm, (d) 1.65 mm [(c)] 11. Two plain strips of equal area made of iron and copper are kept one on top of the other and riveted. What will be the nature of the curvature of this bimetallic strip at 0 0 C and at 100 0 C ? [The coefficient of linear expansion for copper is more than that of iron.] (a) The copper strip will be on the convex side at both the temperatures, (b) The iron strip will be on the convex side at both the temperatures, (c) The copper strip will be on the convex side at 0 0 C , and on the concave side at 100 0 C , (d) The iron strip will be on the convex side at 0 0 C , and on the concave side at 100 0 C [(d)] 12. In which of the following the bimetallic strip is not used? (a) A metal wire is sealed inside a glass, (b) Thermostat, (c) Fire alarm, (d) Compensated balance wheel of a watch [(a)] 13. The length of a brass rod has to be measured at different temperatures. Which of the following materials should be chosen to make a scale? (a) wood, (b) steel, (c) brass, (d) platinum [(a)] 0 14. A pendulum clock keeps correct time at t C . When the temperature is increased (a) The clock always keeps correct time. (b) The clock runs fast, (c) The clock goes slow, (d) Whether the clock goes fast or slow depends on the material of the pendulum bar. [(c)] 15. The material of a rod has Young modulus Y and the coefficient of linear expansion, α . If such a rod of length l and cross-section A is fixed firmly between two rigid walls and then temperature is increased by t 0 C , what will be thermal stress developed? [(b)] (a) lAYα t , (b) AYα t , (c) lYα t , (d) Yα t 16. Two rods of same length are kept rigidly fixed between two unmovable walls and the temperatures of them are increased by the same amount. What will be the

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relation between the Young modulus and the coefficient of linear expansion of the materials of the two rods when the thermal stress in them are equal? α1 α2 Y Y Y Y α α , (c) 1 = 2 , (d) 1 = [(c)] (a) 1 = 1 , (b) 1 = Y2 α 2 Y2 α 1 α2 α1 Y2 Y2 17. A bimetallic strip is made of two exactly similar strips of copper and brass. The coefficients of linear expansion for the two materials are α C and α B . If now the temperature is raised by ∆T , the bimetallic strip bends like an arc for which the radius of curvature is R . Which of the following is correct? 1 1 , (c) R ∝ α B − α C , (d) R ∝ [I.I.T. ‘99] (a) R ∝ ∆T , (b) R ∝ 2 α B −αC (∆T ) [(d)]
Short questions: Marks: 2

1. There is an expansion in solid due to heating – how can it be shown by an experiment? 2. Describe an experiment to show that different materials undergo different expansions due to same increase in temperature. [H.S.’97] 3. Define coefficient of linear expansion for solid. 4. ‘All solids expand in length due to increase in temperature. In some cases this expansion has advantages and in some cases this expansion causes disadvantages.’ – Establish this with examples. [H.S.’91] 5. ‘Metal scale does not give correct reading at all temperatures’.- Explain this. [H.S.’97] [H.S. ‘03] 6. What is bimetallic strip? How is it used to measure temperature? −6 0 7. The coefficient of linear expansion of iron is 12 × 10 / C - Explain this. [H.S. ‘03] 8. Is the value of α same in Celsius and Fahrenheit scales? 9. The coefficient of linear expansion for brass is19 × 10 −6 / 0C . What is this value in Fahrenheit scale? [H.S.’95] 10. Why does a bimetallic strip bend due to heating or cooling? 11. How does a bimetallic strip work as an automatic switch in an electrical circuit? [H.S. ‘93] 12. A bimetallic strip can be used as an alarm – explain. 13. What is invar? Write any usage of this. 14. An isosceles triangle is formed by three zinc rods. Do the base angles change due to the rise in temperature? Explain with logic. 15. It is claimed that the difference in length of a brass rod and a steel rod is same at all temperatures. Is it possible? 16. An iron rod is fixed along the diameter of a circular iron ring. Explain if the ring remains circular even when the combination is heated. 17. A copper strip and an iron strip of same size are riveted. Explain what happens when this is heated.

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18. A brass disc is struck inside a steel hole. What will you do to pull the disc out of the hole? Will you heat this place? Given, α for brass = 19 × 10 −6 / 0C and α for steel = 12 × 10 −6 / 0C . 19. Does the volume change due to temperature depend on whether there are pores inside a material (when other things remain the same)? Explain logically. 20. A hollow cylinder and a solid cylinder of same size are heated to same degree. Do they have same expansion? Answer with reasons. [H.S.’90] [H.S. ‘95] 21. Why iron rods and not other rods are used for building construction? [H.S. ‘92] 22. Platinum wire is easily sealed inside a glass and not copper wire. Why? 23. Why does a thick glass tumbler break when hot water is poured in it? 24. Why thin glass beaked is used to heat water in laboratory? 25. The tight lid of glass bottle opens up due to little heating – why? 26. A gap is kept between two rail pieces – why? 27. How do the shapes change for an equilateral triangle and a square made of metal rods when they are heated? 28. A metal pipe is heated. What will be the changes in (i) volume, (ii) density, (iii) internal diameter and (iv) external diameter of this pipe? 29. Why both the ends of a big steel bridge are not inserted into cement foundation? 30. Why are the holes made in elliptical shape in a fishplate for inserting the bolts through it while joining two rail segments? 31. Give three examples where thermal expansion of solid is utilized. 32. Two rods of length l and width d are riveted. What will be the mean radius of curvature when the temperature of this riveted combination is raised by θ 0 C ? The materials of two rods have coefficient of linear expansion α 1 and α 2 . [H.S. ‘05] [H.S. ‘05] 33. Find out the expression for thermal stress. 34. Two rods have same cross-section and same length but they are made of different materials. The rods are fixed in two unmovable walls along their lengths. The elastic constant and the thermal coefficients of the materials of the two rods are different. What will be the relation between the coefficient of linear expansion and Young modulus of the two rods so that the joining position of the two rods remains unchanged when heated.
Medium questions: Marks: 4

1. Define coefficient of linear expansion. Show that the unit of coefficient of linear expansion does not depend on the unit of length but it depends on the unit of temperature. [2+2] [H.S. ’96, ‘99] 2. Establish the relation between the coefficient of linear expansion and the coefficient of surface expansion of solid. [4] [H.S. ‘99] 3. Establish the relation between the coefficient of linear expansion and the coefficient of volume expansion of solid. [4] [H.S. ’91, ’95, ’97, ’01, ’03, ’05; J.E.E. ‘98] 4. Find a relation of how density of solid changes with temp change and discuss. [2+2] [H.S. ’94, ’98, ‘01] 5. Explain the working principles of (i) thermostat, (ii) compensated balance wheel.

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[2+2] 6. Why does a common pendulum clock run fast in winter and go slow in summer? What can be the arrangement so that it may keep correct time in all seasons? [2+2] [2+2] 7. What is compensated pendulum? Explain its principle. 8. Prove by an experiment where force is developed due to thermal expansion. [4] [2+2] 9. What is thermal stress? Determine thermal stress inside a rod. 10. Define coefficient of linear expansion. Show that the unit of it does not depend on the unit of length. A metal rod is fixed at two ends inside a circular metal ring along its diameter. Show that the ring remains circular when the combination is heated. [2+2] [H.S.(XI) ‘06]
Short problems:
Marks: 2

1. The coefficient of linear expansion for iron is 0.0000067/ 0 F . What is the value of the coefficient in per degree Celsius? [Ans. 0.000012/ 0 C ] 2. Temperature of a 2 m long rod is increased by 100 0 C . What will be the increase in length? Given, α = 0.000012/ 0C . [Ans. 0.24 cm] 0 3. The temperature of a 3 m long iron rod is raised from 0 C to 200 0 C . The length increases by 7.2 mm. Calculate the coefficient of linear expansion of iron. [Ans. 0.000012/ 0 C ] 4. The length of a brass rod is increased by 0.5 cm when the temperature is increased by 100 0 C . What was the initial length of the rod? For brass, α = 19 × 10 −6 / 0C . [Ans. 263.157 cm] 0 0 5. A zinc rod is 2 m at 30 C . What will be its length at 60 C ? For zinc, α = 0.00003/ 0C . [Ans. 200.18 cm] 0 6. The lengths of an iron rod and a zinc rod at 0 C are 25.55 cm and 25.5 cm, respectively. At what temperature the lengths of them will be equal? The coefficients of linear expansion for iron and zinc are 10 × 10 −6 and 30 × 10 −6 per 0 C , respectively. [98 0 C ] 7. A railway line is made by a 15 m long steel rail segment. How much gap has to be kept between two such segments so as to tolerate maximum 40 0 C temperature [0.66 cm] increase? For steel, α = 11 × 10 −6 / 0C . 0 8. At 10 C , there are gaps of 0.5 inches between two rail segments. At what temperature will the gaps vanish when each segment is 66 ft long? α = 11 × 10 −6 / 0C [Ans. 67.4 0 C ] 9. The height of Eiffel tower is 335 m. The minimum temperature in winter is 0 0 F and the maximum temperature is 100 0 F . The tower is made of steel. The coefficient of linear expansion of steel is 12 × 10 −6 / 0C . What will be the maximum change in height in two seasons? [Ans. 22.3 cm] 10. The distance between Allahabad and Delhi is 390 mile by railroad. The mean temperature in winter is 38 0 F and the mean temperature in summer is 119 0 F . How much total gap has to be kept in the rail lines? For iron, α = 0.000012/ 0C . [Ans. 0.2106 mile]

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11. The diameter of a wooden wheel is 50 inches. An iron rim of inner perimeter 156.1 inches has to be fitted on this. How much temperature of the rim has to be increased [Ans. 522.97 0 C ] for this purpose? For iron, α = 12 × 10 −6 / 0C . 12. At 30 0 C , a metal ball has diameter 4.02 cm and a circular hole in a brass sheet has diameter 4 cm. How much temperature of the brass sheet has to be increased so that the ball at 30 0 C just passes through this hole? For brass, α = 18 × 10 −6 / 0C . [Ans. 307.8 0 C ] 13. A steel spherical bob has to be inserted through a brass ring. The bob has diameter 25 cm and the ring has inner diameter 24.9 cm at 20 0 C . If the brass and the ring are heated together, find the temperature at which the bob just passes through the ring. For steel, α = 12 × 10 −6 / 0C and for brass, α = 2 × 10 −5 / 0C . [Ans. 525 0 C ] 14. A steel made scale is errorless at 15 0 C . Find out the error when a distance is measured to be 200 cm at 30 0 C ? The coefficient of linear expansion for steel = [Ans. 0.036 cm less] 0.000012/ 0 C . 0 15. The diameter of a brass disc is 10 cm at 30 C . What will be the increase in area at 70 0 C ? For brass, α = 18 × 10 −6 / 0C . [Ans. 0.113 sq. cm] 16. There is a to and fro motion of a piston of diameter 4 inches. How much gap has to be kept between the cylinder and piston so that they just touch? The coefficients of linear expansion for the materials of piston and cylinder are 1.36 × 10 −5 / 0F and 0.62 × 10 −5 / 0F . [Ans. 0.01296 inches] 17. The difference in length of two rods is 25 cm at all times irrespective of temperature. If the coefficient of linear expansion for the rod A is 1.28 × 10 −5 / 0C and that for the rod B is 1.92 × 10 −5 / 0C , find the lengths of the rods at 0 0 C . [Ans. 75 cm, 50 cm] 18. A brass scale is correct at 20 0 C . A length is measured to be 50 cm at 40 0 C . What is the correct length? For brass, α = 18 × 10 −6 / 0C . [Ans. 50.018 cm] 0 19. The length of a brass rod is 1.5 m at 50 C , measured by a steel scale which gives correct reading at 68 0 F . Find the correct length of the rod at 50 0 C . For steel, [Ans. 1.5005 m] α = 11.2 × 10 −6 / 0C 0 20. What is the density of brass at 100 C if the density is 7.8 gm/cc at 0 0 C ? For brass, α = 18 × 10 −6 / 0C . [Ans. 7.76 gm/cc] 0 21. The density of glass is 2.6 gm/cc and 2.596 gm/cc at 10 C and 60 0 C , respectively. What is the mean value of coefficient of linear expansion for glass in this temperature range? [Ans. 10.27 × 10 −6 / 0C ] 22. Each side of a square plate is 100 cm at 0 0 C and there is a circular hole of diameter 40 cm at the centre of the square. At what temperature, each side of the square plate will be 101 cm and what will be the diameter of the hole at that temperature? Given, α for the metal = 12.5 × 10 −6 / 0C [Ans. 800 0 C , 40.4 cm] 23. The length of a steel structure of a bridge is 0.5 km. The maximum and minimum temperatures can be 116 0 F and 44 0 F , respectively. What is the gap that has to be kept to allow thermal expansion? [For steel, α = 1 × 10 −5 / 0C ] [J.E.E. ‘92] [Ans. 20 cm]

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Medium level problems:

Marks: 4

1. A steel scale gives correct result at 10 0 C . What is the distance between two cm marks on that scale at 30 0 C and at 60 0 F ? A brass rod is found to be 5 m measured by that scale. What will be the correct length of the rod at 10 0 C ? (For brass, α = 0.000018/ 0C , for steel, α = 0.000012/ 0C ) [Ans. 1.00024 cm, 1.000067 cm, 4.9994 m] 2. A pendulum clock keeps correct time at 25 0 C . How much fast or slow the clock will run when the temperature is 0 0 C ? The coefficient of linear expansion for brass is 19 × 10 −6 / 0C . [Ans. 20.52 second fast] 0 3. A pendulum clock keeps correct time at 20 C . Sometimes, the clock goes 10 seconds fast in a day. What is the temperature of the day? For the material of the pendulum bar, α = 18 × 10 −6 / 0C . [Ans. 7.3 0C ] 4. A pendulum clock completes 86405 half oscillations. The clock goes 15 s slow at the end of the day although it runs fast at the beginning of the day. Find the maximum and minimum temperature of the day. For the material of the pendulum bar, α = 16 × 10 −6 / 0C . [Ans. 28.94 0 C ] 5. There are three iron rods and two brass rods in a compensated pendulum. The coefficients of linear expansion for iron and brass are 12 × 10 −6 / 0C and 19 × 10 −6 / 0C , respectively and the length of each iron rod is 50 cm. Find the average length of brass rods. [Ans. 63.16 cm] 0 6. If the density of mercury is 13.56 gm/cc at 15 C , what is the mass of 600 cc mercury at 130 0C ? What will be the volume of 600 gm mercury at that temperature? [For [Ans. 7.968 kg, 45.18 cc] mercury, γ = 18 × 10 −5 / 0C ] 7. The difference between the lengths of an iron and a copper rod is 2 cm at 50 0 C and at 450 0C . What are the lengths of the rods at 0 0 C ? [ α FE = 12 × 10 −6 / 0C and α Cu = 17 × 10 −6 / 0C ] [Ans. 6.796 cm and 4.796 cm] 8. Volume can be measured accurately at 10 0C by a measuring cylinder made of glass. Find the percentage error when this is used at 70 0 C . The coefficient of linear [Ans. 0.162%] expansion for glass = 9 × 10 −6 / 0C . 9. Prove that if the temperature change is ∆T , the change in density is ∆ρ = −3αρ∆T . α = Coefficient of linear expansion. 10. Prove that the expansion in volume V due to rise in temperature, ∆T is ∆V = 3αV ⋅ ∆T , where α = coefficient of linear expansion.

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