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Estimating the Thermal Properties of a Calorimeter Using Hierarchical Bayesian Inference With MCMC

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A. F. Emery, D. Bardot

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Paper No. IMECE2007-43121, pp. 1-10; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 12: New Developments in Simulation Methods and Software for Engineering Applications
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4306-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The accurate determination of the specific heat by placing of a sample in a bath of liquid and measuring the temperature change of the bath and the sample is dependent upon estimation of the heat lost to or gained from the calorimeter. This heat transfer is a complex function of the thermal characteristics of the calorimeter, the initial and ambient conditions, and the convective heat transfer between the bath and the calorimeter walls. This paper describes the estimation of the heat transfer and the determination of the uncertainties in the computed sample specific heat by using Bayesian inference.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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