What are Heating Elements
Heating elements, also known as Electric Water Heaters, Water Heaters, or Ceramic Heaters, are devices which convert electrical energy into heat. They are usually made using a conductive material, such as a ceramic, metal, or thick film heater elements. The Heating Element converts electrical energy through Joule heating, in which the element creates resistance for the electric current, subsequently heating the element.
Types of Heating Element:
- Cartridge Heaters - tube-shaped heaters designed to fit perfectly into a hole in metal, for example. They can withstand high temperatures and are corrosion resistant.
- Air Heaters - rod-shaped heater which heats air for drying, heat-sealing and laminating.
- Drum Heater/Band Heater - used for heating cylindrical parts in industrial applications. They can heat anything from plastics to gels and food products to prevent them from solidifying in the drum.
- Water Heater - traditionally used in immersion heaters, water heaters and 12v water heaters feature a metal rod which is used to heat the water. They often feature a thermostat too.
- Mica Strip Heater - primarily used in industrial heating solutions, these mica-insulated heaters are popular for hot plates and sealing.
- Immersion Heaters or Immersion Water Heaters are usually found in water cylinders to heat water and heat the surrounding water in the cylinder, popular for heating failed boilers.
Ceramic Heating Elements
Ceramic heating elements convert electricity into heat through the process of resistive or joule heating. Ceramic elements boast a high energy efficiency by converting around 96% of the input power to heat to extremely high proportions. They are suitable for:
- Long wave radiation
- Cooking appliances (toasters, hotplates, ovens)
Applications of Heating Elements
Heating elements can be found in:
- Underfloor heating
- Immersion heaters
- Drum heaters
They can also be used for industrial heating, drying, and cooling. Browse the broad range of Heating Elements RS Components have to offer and order today for next day delivery