What Is the Relationship Between Temperature and Expansion of a Substance?

What is the relationship between temperature and expansion of a substance? For every degree increase in temperature, the unit length of a substance will increase. Similarly, most liquids will increase in volume as they are heated. In the physical world, this process is referred to as volume coefficient, or cubical expansion coefficient. The following table relates the coefficients of linear and cubical expansion for different substances. Unless otherwise noted, the figures cited below are for the purpose of illustration only.

UL tests for fire-resistive expansion joints

UL tests for fire-resistant expansion joints evaluate the performance of joint systems to withstand a fire. Fire resistant joint systems must maintain their fire protective properties even after undergoing simulated cyclic movement. The UL 2079 test is a general standard for these types of joints. The FAS-093X composite control joint has been factory applied with an intumescent tape. It meets UL 2079 standards for fire-resistance and is made of hot-dip galvanized steel.

Typical applications

Liquids expand and contract based on the temperature and the amount of material present. While liquids’ intermolecular forces are weak, they are more mobile and their shape varies with the size of the container. Because of this, the linear and areal expansion of liquids is only relevant in thermometry, but are used in global climate change estimates. In these cases, the experimental value of aV is used to calculate the aL of liquids. Examples of typical expansion applications include the bimetallic strip and mercury-in-glass thermometers. Tyndall’s bar breaker is another example of a liquid’s thermal expansion property.

Failure modes

There are several different failure modes of expansion of concrete anchors. A common cone failure occurs when the anchor is pulled out of its anchor hole without causing damage. The failure force is too small to fully utilize the concrete strength, and the anchor fails because of its placement too close to an edge or another anchor. In this case, the anchor must be replaced. The anchor must be at least thirty degrees away from the edge for failure to occur. Listed below are three different failure modes of expansion of concrete anchors.

Calculating coefficients of linear and cubical expansion

To understand the difference between linear and cubical expansion, you must know how to calculate the thermal expansion of a substance. The linear thermal expansion coefficient is the change in length per unit degree of change in temperature. It is important to note that this is not a constant, so the coefficient should be qualified. The difference in linear and cubic thermal expansion coefficients must be understood in order to understand how different materials respond to heat.

Street creep

The effect of seasonal temperature changes on concrete is known as street creep. Streets expand in the hot months and contract during the cold months. To prevent the pressure of street creep from damaging your home, contractors install expansion joints between the concrete slabs on either side of the home. These joints are filled with sand, gravel, or salt to absorb some of the expansion and contraction forces. However, when the temperatures are extreme, the street may start to expand, pushing the home or driveway up against one another.


Economic slowdowns can be characterized by a period of decline in activity and output. Recessions often last for about one year. The economic losses experienced by the economy during recessions are large and often coincide with a drop in the level of international trade. The unemployment rate often rises during recessions, and inflation often falls, because the economy experiences lower expectations for the future. Moreover, the impact on the financial markets can be significant during recessions.

Adding new devices to a computer with expansion slots

Adding new devices to a computer with an expansion slot is a common practice among PC users. The expansion slot allows you to add more memory, graphics capabilities, and support for special devices. PCs typically have a PCI slot that supports expansion cards. These cards are usually not compatible with all PCs, so make sure you check the compatibility list before you purchase one. Listed below are some of the benefits of expansion cards for your computer.