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# Air temperature

## Air temperature

(OP)
Hello,
how long would take to increase temperature of 1m3 of air from 5 to 15 C considering a heat of 30C?

### RE: Air temperature

Sorry, makes no sense.

You're asking a question which is about energy ( heat capacity difference of air from 1 temp to another), but don't provide any energy data.

A temperature is not energy.

E.g. if you blew in air of 30C at 1m3/sec it would take a second

If you had an item with a surface area of 1cm2 at 30C it would take an eternity.

An item with a surface area of 10m2 (e.g. with loads of fins) it would take 10 seconds.

See what I mean?

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### RE: Air temperature

(OP)
my problem is:
I have got a cold storage area for food and I would like to know how long it would take to the temperature to increase from 5 to 15 considering a temperature outside of 30. The area is insulated though.

### RE: Air temperature

Far too many unknowns to even take a wild guess.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

### RE: Air temperature

Ok that's starting to get an idea of the issues.

So what you need to do is:

figure out a surface area around your cold store which is surrounded by your 30C heat.
If it is literally a 1m cube, then this is 6 m2
Find out what is the thermal conductivity of your insulation and thickness.
From that you can work out a heat transfer quantity per m2.
That will give you an energy value going into your cube
From the web find out the heat capacity of air per degree at 5 C.

Do a simple calculation.

Of course this goes astray as soon as you include within your cold storage area anything which is also at 5C which is not air ((e.g. food or a cold ice block or whatever). the much larger mass of the other things will take a lot longer to heat up than air. And it also goes completely astray as soon as you open the cold store and let in air at 30C.

SO I suggest you go away, think about what it is you're trying to work out, get all the required information, give it a go as described above and then come back to us.

Remember - More details = better answers
Also: If you get a response it's polite to respond to it.

(OP)
thank you

### RE: Air temperature

To add to LI is to determine the inside and outside convective heat transfer coefficients which are based on air movement (speed) inside and outside the box. You may also have heat sources such as lightings, blower motors inside the box and sunlight inside the box which may have to be considered. Lastly, you are involved in transient calculations meaning that the temperature of the wall will increase, therefore, you'll need to do time step calculations. It is not as simple as first believed but if you had heat transfer in a college course, it is doable with a spread sheet.

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