Which Metal Conducts Heat the Fastest?


Quick Answer

Silver is the metal that conducts heat the fastest. The thermal conductivity of silver is 420 W/ (m• K) or watts per meter degrees of Kelvin. Thermal conductivity measures the ability of heat or thermal energy to move through materials.

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Which Metal Conducts Heat the Fastest?
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In terms of thermal conductivity, the three materials from highest to lowest that are good heat conductors are silver, copper and gold.

Factors that affect how fast a metal conducts heat include the number of free electrons it has and how fast these electrons move. Metals are better heat conductors than non-metals.

Because there is a close correlation between thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity, materials that are good heat conductors generally also are good electrical conductors. Silver also has the highest electrical conductivity.

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