# Conduction

n. The process of transferring energy from energetic particles to less energetic particles.

• Discussion

This term is most commonly associated with energy transfer through and between solid materials.

The rate of conduction is dependent on the thermal conductivity of the material as well as the difference in temperature.  Thermal conductivity depends on the material properties, temperature, and physical characteristics.  In the context of wildland fire and thermal conductivity in woody fuel, the rate of energy transfer by thermal conduction is dependent on the structure, moisture content, and temperature of the material.  This rate is difficult to measure and characterize in woody fuel.

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• Notes

• Bret Butler, Mechanical Engineer

Rocky Mountain Research Station