Covers the study of (mostly homogeneous) macroscopic systems from a heat/energy/entropy point of view. Maybe combine with [tag:statistical-mechanics].

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Applied / environmental question: direction of exhaust fumes

I'm not sure the Physics StackExchange is the perfect place for this environmental/applied physics question, but as I found no forum more fitting I ask my question here. Otherwise please move my ...
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How hot is it on the slopes of an erupting volcano?

I was watching The Return of the King and just after Frodo and Sam destroy the One Ring, they run out of the mountain and hide on top of a rock as the volcano erupts and lava flows past them. Is this ...
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where i can find thermodynamics properties of octane

where can I find thermodynamics properties for octane at $T_s$? I need this properties or where can i find all ? $$liquid-density=\rho_l=?$$ $$vapor-density=\rho_v=?$$ ...
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Building a magnetron powered steamer

I am wanting to build a microwave powered steamer for a reverse engineering project in university. I've read up some on this and know that its not as efficient as a heating element. I'm curious about ...
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Questions about the second law of thermodynamics

I can not understand the second law of thermodynamics and have trouble explaining the following questions: 1) In the tropics the water near the ocean surface is warmer than the deep water. Does the ...
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Convective heat transfer coefficient for counter-current flow

This is not a counter-current heat exchanger. It is two phases, Gas and Water, flow in one flow path but in opposite direction. I have found many source doing analysis on flow pattern of the ...
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Standard Heat of Combustion

When considering tabulated standard values of heat of combustion (∆H° combustion) or any other similar value, the results are reported for species in their standard states (1 bar pressure, 25°C, etc). ...
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Minimizing Availability vs. Maximizing Entropy

What is the conceptual difference between minimizing the availability of a thermodynamic system and maximizing the entropy of a thermodynamic system? I am under the impression that these are the same ...
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Caculating thermal stresses in a composite rod

The Question Between two rigid walls separated by a distance $l_1+l_2$, two rods of equal cross-section area $A$, and length, coefficient of linear expansion and Young's modulus $l_1, ...
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Finding out the temperature difference

If we add 10 spherical bubbles then there will be some change in their area. Is there any way to find out change in temperature of the liquid from the change of its area?
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Spin version of Maxwell's demon: Where's the energy?

I have confused myself about the following variant of Maxwell's demon and I can't seem to find out where the energy went. Consider this: You have a chain (one dimension) of spins (up/down) with a ...
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Heat transfer in a cylinder with two insulators

I'm used to problems which ask me to find the heat transfer when, for example I have a very long cylinder covered with an insulator, each with their respective conductivity coefficient. I'd use the ...
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calculating heating effect of coil submerged in hotwater tank

i would like to estimate the temperature increase of water passing through a heating coil submerged in a hotwater tank, i know the cold flow and temperature and the temperature in the tank, as well ...
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Ultra-Relativistic Fermi Gas - Chemical Potential and Energy

I tried deriving the expression for chemical potential of a Relativistic Fermi Gas using asymptotic expansion (for large z) in : $$ N = \frac{V}{h^3}4\pi (KT)^3g_s \int \frac{p^2 dp}{e^{p-\nu}+1} $$ ...
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How to do Legendre transformations on a S=S(U,V) P,V,T system?

Problem: For a $P,V,T$ system with constant mass,entropy can be considered a function of $U,V$, i.e. $S=S(U,V)$. The goal is to derive the rest of the thermodynamic functions via Legendre ...
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Find state equation given cubic expansion and isothermal compressibility coefficients

Context: I'm studying basic thermodynamics. Since I'm not confident that I translate the terms correctly, let me define the following coefficients mathematically: \begin{equation} \beta = ...
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Transient conduction - Biot number with irradiation?

I understand that the Biot number is essentially the ratio of the convective effects to the conductive effects in transient conduction but what if there is some sort of radiation from a heat source ...
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When heat is rejected by a system what will be $q$ according to sign convention?

When a system rejects heat it can be assumed that work is done by the system. So as per law the sign convention must be negative. But my physics textbook says the reverse. So is the question.
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(Iso-baric / iso-choric) Thermodynamic cycle question

A very simply question: Is something that even somewhat resemble a thermodynamic cycle consisting of two iso-baric and two iso-choric cycles possible (such that you get a simple rectangle representing ...
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Work of an adiabatic/ compresion: sign?

As far as I am concerned the adiabatic work it is given by: $$ W_{adi}=\frac{P_{f}V_{f}-P_{i}V_{i}}{\gamma -1}$$ While I have seen in other examples that it is used with $1-\gamma$ in the ...
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Is the thermal time constant simply the heat capacity divided by thermal conductivity?

My professor gave me this temperature decay data to make an exponential fit and told me that the time constant tau should be heat capacity over thermal conductivity. I'm looking at the wikipedia page ...
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What creates black streams in fountain-type fireworks?

For the New Year celebration of 2014, my nephews set off a series of fountain-type fireworks (as shown below). When one looks carefully into the shower of light, one notices that a fair number of ...
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How does pressurized gas constantly push?

If a gas, such as hydrogen, is pressurized into an air tight container, a force in terms of pascals (or whatever unit you want to use) is exerted, correct? That is what pushes against every surface ...
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Can I make a cold air trap (thermal equilibrium)

Thermodynamic buoyancy. I have an air intake for combustion air entering into a basement furnace room. During cold weather, the air enters unchecked (no damper on pipe is allowed). I have this 5 ...
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Equilibrium Condition

In classical thermodynamics, equilibrium conditions means maximum entropy for a closed state. However, people always talk about equilibrium for open systems as well. How can one say that an open ...
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NPT simulations: what is the inertia of volume fluctuations (using periodic boundary conditions)?

NPT molecular dynamics (MD) are most often implemented by adding some kind of piston that regulates the pressure. The inertia of this piston determines the dynamics of volume fluctuations in the ...
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How does this Stirling engine work?

I'm looking at this Stirling engine, which I believe is a variation of an alpha type. It was developed by Nasa back in the 1980's. The thing is, I can't figure out how the hydrogen cycles through the ...
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Radiant barrier effect on inside of a hot water tank

I am trying to determine if a radiant barrier on the inside of a hot water tank would increase its insulating value. Normally radiant barriers are used in house construction to reduce heat loss by ...
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Would a cone shaped Stirling engine work?

A Stirling engine evidently functions by heating and cooling air, thus making the piston move up and down. What if the heated side of the cylinder were shaped as a sort of cone with a gentle slope, ...
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Rijke tube: Why Sound is maximum when heated 1/4th length from bottom of tube

Why is it that the maximum sound coming from a Rijke tube happens only when heated wire gauze is placed at 1/4th the length of the tube from the bottom. According to Rayleigh: If heat be ...
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What coefficients may be used for evaluation the heat keeping?

The final goal is to compare two objects (similar to boxes) from the standpoint of keeping the heat inside? May be there is numerical coefficient or any approaches?
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Expression of $\kappa_S$ in photon gas

I'm calculating some properties of the photon gas. That gas is defined by $$U=aVT^4$$ $$P=\dfrac{1}{3}aT^4$$ I calculated photon gas entropy: $$S = \dfrac{4}{3}aT^3V $$ I could calculate $c_V$. ...
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What is the difference between heat and work

If 700 J of work is applied onto a gas, and therefore the gas contracted 0.005 m^3 (from 0.01m^3), and the temperature stayed at a constant rate of 300 kelvin, then how come when pressure is added to ...
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Does coffee with cream cool slower than black coffee?

At Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold states that "Coffee with cream cools about 20% slower than black coffee". He then gives three reasons, two of them related to radiation and the third one to the ...
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Legendre transformation of Entropy as a natural function of T, V, n

I have come across a question asking to get a Legendre transformation of entropy which is a natural function of 1/T, V, n starting from entropy being a natural function of T, V and n. However, I have ...
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Calculate thermal conductance of thick walls of a cuboid, given material conductivity and cube size

Note 1: This is probably as much a maths question as physics. Note 2: I am not sure if my use of the the term conductance is correct. I want to make a kiln. The walls will be thick. I can come to ...
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Linearity of the critical isochore?

When looking at the pressure-temperature diagram along the critical isochore (up to quite high reduced temperatures) a very linear trend can be observed. From a theoretical point of view, is the ...
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Characteristic length of differential element of cylinder surface?

I am trying to find the Nusselt number for a small element of the outside of a cylinder that has a height of $Delta z$. I found the average Grashof number of a surface as $$Gr_{L}=\frac{\beta \rho ...
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How to relate compression ratio to work input for a compressor in a heat pump

So I need to calculate the COP (Coefficient of Performance) for a 6-ton air conditioner system in terms of the compression ratio. I understand that: $$COP=\frac{Q_L}{W_{net,in}}$$ I cannot find out ...
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What's the typical material used as a low-k ILD in semiconductors?

Semiconductor companies (namely IBM, Intel, TSMC and etc.) may use different low-k materials as inter-layer dielectric (ILD) in their fabrication process. I'm wondering what is the most typical one. ...
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Definition and Measurment of Energy and Heat in Thermodynamics

The concept of work is clear from mechanics, where $dW=F\cdot dx$, leading to $dW=PdV$. Also different forms of energy are defined in mechanics, e.g., $E=\frac{1}{2}m v^2$, etc. How are the energy and ...
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Properties of material affecting magnetic refrigeration

I am reading about magnetic refrigeration at the moment - I see that two factors affecting the applicability of the material for use in magnetic refrigeration is that they must react strongly (i.e the ...
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Experimental heat equation for a bottle of water

I'm not sure if this question belongs here, because I'm asking a question about experimental data rather than theoretic formula. Anyway, I'm trying to figure out the time-temperature relation of the ...
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diesel steam engine

Let's imagine a diesel engine's cylinder head would be heated by external means, to some hundred degree celsius, and the fuel would be replaced by water. We've made modifications so that water ...
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Food kept in a container in my pressure cooker cooks slower

The pressure cooker is heated at the base to cook the food. The pressure cooker releases steam when the force exerted by pressure exceeds the counterweight, at which point the weight rises up allowing ...
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Thermodynamics shell-and-tube heat exchanger

A shell-and-tube heat exchanger is used to cool a flow of steam using a stream of cooling water cooling water. The steam enters the heat exchanger at $0.1 ~bar$ and a quality of $91$% , and exits as ...
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Is it correct to assume that a stretched rubber-band has negative entropy change?

If so, how could we express it in equations connecting S,T,Q? I was wondering if the net change is heat transfer was positive; Since we could feel the heat when it is stretched.
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Super cooled steam and entropy change

I was thinking about a situation where I have some super cooled steam which suddenly freezes to water.What are the entropy changes(positive or negative) for the system and the universe? My ...
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thermoelectric effect

The Absolute Seebeck effect states that an electric potential (voltage) is produced to any isolated conducting when subject to a temperature gradient.But why? My view of this is that when you apply ...
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Which pressure to use in the $T~ds$ equation?

Let's say I have an adiabatic, rigid, open container that has an amount of air at some pressure, $P_\text{cv}$, and some temperature, $T_\text{cv}$. I have heated pressurized air coming into the ...