What Does Heat Dissipation Mean?
Heat dissipation is a type of heat transfer. Heat dissipation occurs when an object that is hotter than other objects is placed in an environment where the heat of the hotter object is transferred to the colder objects and the surrounding environment. Heat dissipation occurs in a variety of ways.
Heat dissipation is unavoidable and sometimes is considered a negative process in a range of industries and applications. In the corrosion mitigation and prevention industry, heat dissipation can lead to corrosion under insulation. Heat transfer can also be detrimental to alloy performance, which is a consideration in high temperature environments.
Temperature difference is the major factor that determines the mode and rate of heat transfer in a given application. There are other factors relevant to the design, operation and environment that need to be taken into consideration to manage heat dissipation, and aid in the selection of suitable thermal insulation means wherever applicable.