Thermal rectification in bulk materials with asymmetric shape

D. Sawaki*, Wataru Kobayashi, Y. Moritomo, I. Terasaki

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We investigate thermal rectification in a bulk material with a pyramid shape to elucidate shape dependence of the thermal rectification, and find that rectifying coefficient R is 1.35 for this shape, which is smaller than R=1.43 for a rectangular shape. This result is fully duplicated by our numerical calculation based on Fourier's law. We also apply this calculation to a given shape, and show a possible way to increase R depending on the shape.

Original languageEnglish
Article number081915
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 21
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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