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  • noun Plural form of thermopile.


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  • The thermocouples, when arranged in groups called thermopiles, detect a temperature difference between the hot and cold junctions and produce a voltage. - latest science and technology news stories 2010

  • Special electronics known as thermopiles can tap into this gradient and convert the energy to electricity.

    DailyTech Main News Feed 2009

  • For this reason, extra cooling measures, such as the use of thermopiles (thermosyphon-cooled pilings), are some times taken in the warmer discontinuous permafrost zone in order to lower temperatures and ensure a stable permafrost – piling bond.

    Infrastructure and climate in the Arctic 2009

  • Such thermopiles are laborious to make by the ordinary method of soldering the wires together, though practically all the work hitherto recorded has been done with instruments thus constructed.

    Archibald V. Hill - Nobel Lecture 1965

  • It may conceivably be possible to amplify the electromotive force produced by such thermopiles, and so to use a galvanometer of short period in order to quicken the recording.

    Archibald V. Hill - Nobel Lecture 1965

  • By this device very small, light thermopiles may be constructed with great ease, and recently Drs. Fenn and Azuma have used such thermopiles in their work with me.

    Archibald V. Hill - Nobel Lecture 1965

  • The possibilities already available of myothermic investigation are mainly due to improvements in galvanometers and thermopiles.

    Archibald V. Hill - Nobel Lecture 1965

  • Thirty of the cascade cells would have about the same potential as five such thermopiles, but would supply three and a half times the current, and be capable of doing the work of 8,872 cells if employed upon the universal battery system in the same manner as the thermo batteries referred to.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882 Various

  • During a description before the Society of thermo-electric batteries some time ago, Mr. Preece mentioned that five of the thermopiles which were being tried at the Post-Office were doing the work of 2,535 of the battery cells previously employed.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882 Various

  • On the other hand, experiments made with sensitive thermopiles, in order to settle the question of emission of heat-rays from highly-heated gases, failed.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883 Various


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