**Newton's law of cooling** states that *the rate of heat loss of a body is directly proportional to the difference in the temperatures between the body and its surroundings.* The law is frequently qualified to include the condition that the temperature difference is small and the nature of heat transfer mechanism remains the same. As such, it is equivalent to a statement that the heat transfer coefficient, which mediates between heat losses and temperature differences, is a constant. This condition is generally met in thermal conduction (where it is guaranteed by Fourier's law) as the thermal conductivity of most materials is only weakly dependent on temperature, but it is only very approximately true in conditions of convective heat transfer. Newton's Law is more closely followed for forced air or pumped fluid cooling, where the velocity of the fluid does not vary with temperature. Finally, in the case of heat transfer by thermal radiation, Newton's law of cooling holds only for very small temperature changes, and a more accurate description is given by Planck's Law.

- Relationship to mechanism of cooling
- Heat transfer version of the law
- The Biot number
- Rate-of-change of temperature-difference version of the law
- Temperature function-of-time solution in terms of object heat capacity
- See also
- References
- External links

Sir Isaac Newton did not originally state his law in the above form in 1701, when it was originally formulated. Rather, using today's terms, Newton noted after some mathematical manipulation that *the rate of temperature change* of a body is proportional to the difference in temperatures between the body and its surroundings. This final simplest version of the law given by Newton himself, was partly due to confusion in Newton's time between the concepts of heat and temperature, which would not be fully disentangled until much later.^{ [1] }

When stated in terms of temperature differences, Newton's law (with several further simplifying assumptions, such as a low Biot number and temperature-independent heat capacity) results in a simple differential equation for temperature-difference as a function of time. This equation has a solution that specifies a simple negative exponential rate of temperature-difference decrease, over time. This characteristic time function for temperature-difference behavior, is also associated with Newton's law of cooling.

Convection-cooling is sometimes called "Newton's law of cooling." This use is based on a work by Sir Isaac Newton published anonymously in 1701 as "Scala graduum Caloris. Calorum Descriptiones & signa." in *Philosophical Transactions*, volume 22, issue 270.^{ [2] }^{ [3] }

When the heat transfer coefficient is independent, or relatively independent, of the temperature difference between object and environment, Newton's law is followed. This independence is sometimes the case, but is not generally so. Newton's law is most closely obeyed in purely conduction-type cooling, but becomes a function of the temperature difference in natural convective heat transfer.In this case, Newton's law only approximates the result when the temperature difference is relatively small. Newton himself realized this limitation. (though the law holds well for forced air and pumped liquid cooling, where the fluid velocity does not rise with increasing temperature difference)

A correction to Newton's law concerning convection for larger temperature differentials by including an exponent, was made in 1817 by Dulong and Petit.^{ [4] } (These men are better-known for their formulation of the Dulong–Petit law concerning the molar specific heat capacity of a crystal.)

Another situation which also does not obey Newton's law, is radiative heat transfer, being better described by Planck's law as varying with the 4th power of absolute temperature.

The heat-transfer version of Newton's law, which (as noted) requires a constant heat transfer coefficient, states that *the rate of heat loss of a body is proportional to the difference in temperatures between the body and its surroundings*.

The rate of heat transfer in such circumstances is derived below:^{ [5] }

Newton's cooling law in convection is a restatement of the differential equation given by Fourier's law:

where

- is the thermal energy (SI unit: joule),
- is the heat transfer coefficient (assumed independent of
*T*here) (SI unit: W/(m^{2}K)), - is the heat transfer surface area (SI unit: m
^{2}), - is the temperature of the object's surface and interior (since these are the same in this approximation) (SI unit: K),
- is the temperature of the environment; i.e. the temperature suitably far from the surface (SI unit: K),
- is the time-dependent thermal gradient between environment and object (SI unit: K).

The heat transfer coefficient *h* depends upon physical properties of the fluid and the physical situation in which convection occurs. Therefore, a single usable heat transfer coefficient (one that does not vary significantly across the temperature-difference ranges covered during cooling and heating) must be derived or found experimentally for every system that can be analyzed using the presumption that Newton's law will hold.

Formulas and correlations are available in many references to calculate heat transfer coefficients for typical configurations and fluids. For laminar flows, the heat transfer coefficient is rather low compared to turbulent flows; this is due to turbulent flows having a thinner stagnant fluid film layer on the heat transfer surface.^{ [6] } However, note that Newton's law breaks down if the flow transitions between laminar or turbulent flow, since this changes the heat transfer coefficient *h*, which is assumed constant in solving the equation.

The Biot number, a dimensionless quantity, is defined for a body as

where

*h*= film coefficient or heat transfer coefficient or convective heat transfer coefficient,*L*= characteristic length, which is commonly defined as the volume of the body divided by the surface area of the body, such that ,_{C}*k*= thermal conductivity of the body._{b}

The physical significance of Biot number can be understood by imagining the heat flow from a hot metal sphere suddenly immersed in a pool, to the surrounding fluid. The heat flow experiences two resistances: the first at the surface of the sphere, and the second within the solid metal (which is influenced by both the size and composition of the sphere). The ratio of these resistances is the dimensionless Biot number.

If the thermal resistance of the fluid/sphere interface exceeds that thermal resistance offered by the interior of the metal sphere, the Biot number will be less than one. For systems where it is much less than one, the interior of the sphere may be presumed always to have the same temperature, although this temperature may be changing, as heat passes into the sphere from the surface. The equation to describe this change in (relatively uniform) temperature inside the object, is the simple exponential one described in Newton's law of cooling expressed in terms of temperature difference (see below).

In contrast, the metal sphere may be large, causing the characteristic length to increase to the point that the Biot number is larger than one. In this case, thermal gradients within the sphere become important, even though the sphere material is a good conductor. Equivalently, if the sphere is made of a thermally insulating (poorly conductive) material, such as wood or styrofoam, the interior resistance to heat flow will exceed that of the fluid/sphere boundary, even with a much smaller sphere. In this case, again, the Biot number will be greater than one.

Values of the Biot number smaller than 0.1 imply that the heat conduction inside the body is much faster than the heat convection away from its surface, and temperature gradients are negligible inside of it. This can indicate the applicability (or inapplicability) of certain methods of solving transient heat transfer problems. For example, a Biot number less than 0.1 typically indicates less than 5% error will be present when assuming a lumped-capacitance model of transient heat transfer (also called lumped system analysis).^{ [7] } Typically, this type of analysis leads to simple exponential heating or cooling behavior ("Newtonian" cooling or heating) since the amount of thermal energy (loosely, amount of "heat") in the body is directly proportional to its temperature, which in turn determines the rate of heat transfer into or out of it. This leads to a simple first-order differential equation which describes heat transfer in these systems.

Having a Biot number smaller than 0.1 labels a substance as "thermally thin," and temperature can be assumed to be constant throughout the material's volume. The opposite is also true: A Biot number greater than 0.1 (a "thermally thick" substance) indicates that one cannot make this assumption, and more complicated heat transfer equations for "transient heat conduction" will be required to describe the time-varying and non-spatially-uniform temperature field within the material body. Analytic methods for handling these problems, which may exist for simple geometric shapes and uniform material thermal conductivity, are described in the article on the heat equation.

As noted in the section above, accurate formulation for temperatures may require analysis based on changing heat transfer coefficients at different temperatures, a situation frequently found in free-convection situations, and which precludes accurate use of Newton's law.

As noted above, Newton's law behavior when stated in terms of *temperature change* in the body, also requires that internal heat conduction within the object be large in comparison to the loss/gain of heat by surface transfer (conduction and/or convection), which is the condition where the Biot number is less than about 0.1. This allows the presumption of a single "temperature" inside the body (as a function of time) to make sense, as otherwise the body would have many different temperatures inside it, at any one time. This single temperature will generally change exponentially, as time progresses (see below).

Assumption of rapid internal conduction also allows use of the so-called lumped capacitance model. In this model, the amount of thermal energy in the body is calculated by assuming a constant heat capacity and thus thermal energy in the body is assumed to be a linear function of the body's temperature.

Given that the body is treated as a lumped capacitance thermal energy reservoir with a (total thermal energy content) which is proportional to (simple total heat capacity) and (the temperature of the body), then . It is expected that the system will experience exponential decay in the temperature difference of body and surroundings as a function of time. This is proven in the following sections:

From the definition of heat capacity comes the relation . Differentiating this equation with regard to time gives the identity (valid so long as temperatures in the object are uniform at any given time)

This expression may be used to replace in the first equation which begins this section, above. Then, if is the temperature of such a body at time , and is the temperature of the environment around the body:

where is a positive constant characteristic of the system, which must be in units of , and is therefore sometimes expressed in terms of a characteristic time constant given by

Thus, in thermal systems, . (The total heat capacity of a system may be further represented by its mass-specific heat capacity multiplied by its mass , so that the time constant is also given by ).

The solution of this differential equation, by standard methods of integration and substitution of boundary conditions, gives

If is defined as , where is the initial temperature difference at time 0, then the Newtonian solution is written as

This same solution is more immediately apparent if the initial differential equation is written in terms of , as a single function of time to be found, or "solved for":

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**CFD** stands for computational fluid dynamics. As per this technique, the governing differential equations of a flow system or thermal system are known in the form of Navier–Stokes equations, thermal energy equation and species equation with an appropriate equation of state. In the past few years, CFD has been playing an increasingly important role in building design, following its continuing development for over a quarter of a century. The information provided by CFD can be used to analyse the impact of building exhausts to the environment, to predict smoke and fire risks in buildings, to quantify indoor environment quality, and to design natural ventilation systems.

The convection–diffusion equation describes the flow of heat, particles, or other physical quantities in situations where there is both diffusion and convection or advection. For information about the equation, its derivation, and its conceptual importance and consequences, see the main article convection–diffusion equation. This article describes how to use a computer to calculate an approximate numerical solution of the discretized equation, in a time-dependent situation.

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*Philosophical Transactions*,**22**(270): 824–829, doi:10.1098/rstl.1700.0082, JSTOR 102813 - ↑ 824 –829; ed. Joannes Nichols,
*Isaaci Newtoni Opera quae exstant omnia*, vol. 4 (1782), 403 –407. - ↑ Whewell, William (1866).
*History of the Inductive Sciences from the Earliest to the Present Times*. - ↑ Louis C. Burmeister, (1993) “Convective Heat Transfer”, 2nd ed. Publisher Wiley-Interscience, p. 107. ISBN 0-471-57709-X, 9780471577096.
- ↑ “Convection Heat Transfer”, Engineers Edge, 2009, Accessed 20.03.2009.
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*Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer*(6th ed.). John Wiley & Sons. pp. 260–261. ISBN 978-0-471-45728-2.

See also:

- Heat conduction - Thermal-FluidsPedia
- Newton's Law of Cooling by Jeff Bryant based on a program by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Demonstrations Project.

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