can someone explain the convection cycle please?

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i need to know the stages of the convection cycle and why they occur in detail but i cant find anywhere that explains it well enough

Posted Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 18:13 by diti

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Convection is the flow of heat through a medium from a hot region to a cool region. Suppose we consider heating up a local region of air. As this air heats, the molecules spread out, causing this region to become less dense than the surrounding, unheated air. Being less dense than the surrounding cooler air, the hot air will subsequently rise due to buoyant forces - this movement of hot air into a cooler region is then said to transfer heat by convection.

Heating a pot of water on a stove is a good example of the transfer of heat by convection. When the stove is first turned on heat is transferred first by conduction between the element through the bottom of the pot to the water. However, eventually the water starts bubbling - these bubbles are actually local regions of hot water rising to the surface, thereby transferring heat from the hot water at the bottom to the cooler water at the top by convection. At the same time, the cooler, more dense water at the top will sink to the bottom, where it is subsequently heated.

Answered Fri 11th May, 2012 @ 17:47 by Braniac
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Answered Mon 14th May, 2012 @ 21:22 by diti