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Radiation

Radiation is the phenomenon where heat is transferred as electromagnetic waves.

It is different from thermal conduction and convection because heat is transferred without any medium, in a vacuum for example. Radiation is expressed with the following equation:

Radiation


where;
E: The amount of energy emitted by radiation [W/m2]
ε: Emissivity [-]
σ: Stefan-Boltzmann constant (= 5.67×10-8 [W/(m2∙K4)])
T: Object temperature [K]



An object with higher temperature and greater emissivity releases greater amount of energy.  

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