The Joule effect in the industrial field

The Joule effect in the industrial field

Sometimes we wonder how home appliances work, what makes a light bulb light up, or how a hair dryer works. It is the result of the Joule effect, a physical phenomenon that is expressed in many aspects of everyday life. An effect that, basically, is the physical manifestation of Joule’s law, which means that electrical energy is transformed into heat as it circulates through the conductor.

Being IES Soler a reference company in the sector of Electrical Heat and Industrial Safety, Joule’s law is very important in the performance of our work and in the logic of thermal energy.

Joule’s law and its importance in the electrical field

This law was discovered in 1841 by James Prescott Joule, an English physicist who conducted a series of experiments to determine the relationship between energy, work and heat. This law is fundamental to the understanding of thermodynamics and has had a significant impact on the development of electrical technology.

It is one of the fundamental laws of physics that describes the relationship between the electric current circulating through a conductor and the thermal energy that is dissipated in the form of heat. That is, when electricity flows through an object that resists electrical flux, such as a wire, this object heats up. The greater the resistance and electric current, the more heat is produced. For example, a toaster uses Joule’s law to heat slices of bread: the electric current flows through the metal filaments inside the toaster, which have high resistance, and produces enough heat to toast the bread.

This law was formulated almost two centuries ago and it is of great importance in the electrical field. Joule’s law provides an understanding of how heat is generated in electrical circuits and how this heat generation can be controlled to prevent damage to equipment and systems.

But what the Joule effect is?

Joule’s Law is a mathematical formula that states that the thermal energy produced is directly proportional to the square of the electric current, the electrical resistance and the time the electric current flows. This translates into the following formula:

E = I^2 * R * t

The Joule effect, on the other hand, is the physical phenomenon that describes the production of heat when electric current is flowing through a conductor that has electrical resistance.

To sum up, the Joule effect is the physical phenomenon that explains the production of heat when electric current flows through a resistive conductor. This is because the electrons that make up the electric current collide with the atoms of the conductor, which generates friction and thus heat.

To continue with the example of the principle we will show it with the operation of an incandescent light bulb. In this case, the electric current flowing through the filament of the bulb produces heat due to the Joule effect. This heat, in turn, generates light and allows the bulb to emit light.

The application in IES Soler products

The Joule effect is widely used in the production of electrical heat in industry. This process is carried out by circulating electric current through a resistive material, such as a wire, an electrical resistance or a heating element. As the electric current passes through the resistive material, heat is generated due to the Joule effect.

This process is used to generate heat in various industrial applications, such as metal smelting, heating of fluids, heating of gases, steam production, or drying of materials, among others. In all these applications, the Joule effect is used to generate heat in a controlled and efficient manner.

There are several devices that use the Joule effect to generate electrical heat. IES Soler offers a wide range of industrial heat solutions that generate electrical heat in a controlled and efficient way. Some of the solutions offered by the company are:

Electric Circulation Heaters: Electric circulation heaters use the Joule effect to heat liquids to high temperatures, their function is to heat the fuel oil circulating in pipes and tanks. They are ideal for use in industrial applications where efficient and accurate heating of liquids is required.

Electric heaters for air, liquids and solids: IES Soler’s electric heaters for air, liquids and solids also use the Joule effect to generate heat. These heaters are versatile, ranging from building heating to food and beverage production. They are an excellent choice for those applications that require precise temperature control.

Hot air batteries: These coils are used for forced air heating in ducts or pipes, stoves, ovens and a host of other industrial and HVAC applications. Hot air coils are an efficient and reliable solution for those looking for an effective method of heating air in a heating or air conditioning system.

Electrical equipment  for industrial comfort: IES Soler’s electric industrial comfort equipment is designed to provide a complete and customized heating and cooling solution for industrial applications. These units use the Joule effect to generate heat and cooling, allowing users to control the temperature precisely and efficiently. Electrical equipment for industrial comfort is an excellent choice for those looking for a customized and complete solution for their heating and cooling needs in the industrial environment.

What IES SOLER does

IES Soler is a leading company in the Industrial Electric Heat sector. With more than 80 years of experience in the market, IES has been the reference option for companies from different sectors looking for solutions in electric heat generation and industrial safety.

IES offers electric heat solutions for all types of industrial processes. The company has developed a wide range of solutions in the field of electrical engineering, automation and control, design and manufacture of electric heating systems and installation of industrial safety systems.

With extensive experience and a wide variety of products, IES Soler offers you the item you need according to your business, environment and requirements.