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Conductive Heat Transfer calculation over time

I am trying to heat the oil in a 1/2 inch thick rectangular steel box by using an Insulated heated blanket covered on all 6 faces of the box, the working conditions of the operation are at -50 Celsius,...
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Why are there so many different values stated for therm to Btu conversion?

Occasionally I worry I've lost my mind, so I Google basic conversions like watts to megawatts, pounds to ounces, etc. Today I fear I really have lost my mind, when Google told me that 1 therm = 99976....
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What are the necessary qualitative criteria for the existence of limit cycles

The literature on the existence of limit cycles is replete with complex and abstract mathematical analysis. Or for specific systems of specific structure, specific mathematical criteria that determine ...
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How to convert Joules(kinetic energy) plot chart into watts?

How to convert Joules(kinetic energy) plot chart into watts? Anyone know how?
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Converting grams of fuel per kWh of energy

Is there a database showing how many grams of a particular fuel generates how many Kilowatt hours of electricity?
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Trying to understand how much it costs to run my clothes dryer

I am trying to calculate the running cost of my clothes dryer and have bought myself an energy meter to check its usage. I plugged the meter in, reset it, and then turned it over to the aggregate kWh ...
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Modeling the stiffness of a membrane

I'm trying to model, in MATLAB, a membrane in 2D which has an initial triangle-like shape. This membrane has pressure acting on it from the inside. There are also some pulling forces in random ...
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Theoretical maximum generated power for a given torque

Being an electrical engineer, I'm hoping someone will help me double-check my math. I have a small circuit that I want to power for years that consumes an average 10uA at 3V. I'd like to power this ...
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What are the differences between compressor stations, pump stations, and booster stations?

I am doing some research on impacts related to natural gas compressor stations. In some states, I've received data for compressor stations alongside other facilities in the oil and gas world. These ...
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What are the conditions for a signal to be an energy signal and a power signal?

I know how to find the power and the energy of a signal. What I have a problem with is knowing whether a signal is an energy signal or a power signal. According to my teacher, a signal is a power ...
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How do I solve for the mole and mass flow rates in a system?

I've been trying to solve this problem for a while with no success. I think I figured out that $m_1$ is $420 kg/hr$ and that $n_{3,A} = 3 kmol/h$ using the mass balance equation: $input-output+...
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Why can't energy be entirely recovered from a moving car's rotating wheels?

I have a friend who isn't properly visualizing energy loss in a moving car. His idea: Cars that can run forever without being recharged - - > while the engine rotates the front wheels the move the ...
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Determine the strain energy of a bar

I have a Structures question about determining strain energy that I am unable to solve. I have attempted it and I have the answer, I would appreciate if if someone can just tell me where I am going ...
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How do generators in space transmit/ deposit energy back to Earth? [closed]

I've read about the idea of putting solar panels in space, or the already used electrodynamic tethers which gain energy as they move through Earth's magnetic field. The question I have is: How do ...
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Specific energy vs Specific power in batteries

When looking at the Wikipedia page for Lithium-ion batteries, one can see that there are some technical details such as Specific Energy and Specific Power, but I don't know how to connect them. For ...
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How much braking force do cars generate?

I've been trying to find actual figures for the braking power of cars (in order to determine things like stopping time). As I understand it this comes in two parts: the maximum force that the brakes ...
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Momentum of a free-floating body being hit by a projectile

The Problem I'm proposing a 2D problem in the x-y plane. Say there is a free-floating disk of radius R and mass Md (no velocity), at which a projectile is shot. The projectile (velocity Vp, mass Mp) ...
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Magnetic Entrapped Storage at 0 gravity

I understand this is a multifaceted question and I apologize . All of it is relevant to be understood. On Earth Fly wheel storage devices are used as an alternative to batteries. Even with magnetic ...
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Why do pumped storage hydroelectric facilities use bent pipes? [closed]

When a reservoir is used to store water for electricity, it's pipes are usually laid in several segments on the ground to reach its source, such as a lake. It seems that if the pipes went directly to ...
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Compressed air energy storage?

I'm wondering, if you put an air compressor pipe into a micro turbine, lets say something like that attached to a motor, does air that get out of the turbine have the same energy as when it gets in ? ...
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Could Internal Ionisation Engine be a description of electric cars?

Petrol powered cars are sometimes described as having an "Internal Combustion Engine" (ICE). This describes the chemical processes happening inside the engine: mainly the combustion of petrol. Could ...
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Elevator standby + moving passanger , electricity consumption changes

I'm interested specific on electricity consumption changes on 2 different situations inside an elevator. When the elevator is stopped and people enters the elevator, does it change in any way the ...
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How do you calculate the Enthalpy of a geothermal resource?

Enthalpy seems to be commonly used to characterize geothermal reservoirs, but how is it calculated? I have an example here where the enthalpy is cited as 800 $kJ kg^{-1}$ for a reservoir with a ...
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Power from piezo material

Suppose there is a given piezoelectric material and under a given force it produces voltage $V$. If an external electric circuit is attached with load $R$, the current will be $I= V/R$. Also power ...
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Derivation: Entropy of Vaporisation using Redlich-Kwong EoS

The part I'm stuck on is the last part. Basically, the question is to obtain the following equation for the entropy of vaporisation using the Redlich-Kwong equation: $$ \Delta S = R\Bigg[ \ln \frac{...
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4 Way Bugatti Tug of War

The reasoning for this question comes out of pure curiosity. say if there were, for example 4 bugatti veyron's ( represented by the rectangles on the diagram) all starting from the middle and all ...
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Radioactive Materials to Energy AT HOME

Is there a way to use a radioactive elements (Americium in my case, but for demo, any radioactive material) to create a usable amount of energy (Power small LED?) AT HOME! Using materials that can be ...
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Light bulbs with highest energy efficiency [closed]

Most specs for light bulbs list luminous efficiency (or, more accurately sometimes, luminous efficacy) but not energy efficiency. Luminous efficacy tells you how bright the light is as observed by a ...
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Can we make significant energy from human waste? [closed]

I am trying to find if making energy from human waste (excrement, sewage) is profitable? Lets say I live in a city of 16 million people which does not put waste into use. What could be the ...
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Exergy and Gibbs Energy

I'm wondering if there is any difference between Gibbs Free Energy and Exergy because their definition seems to me the same $\Delta H - Tenv*\Delta S $ Exergy represents the maximum amount of work ...
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Calculate efficiency of water heating

I have a heating system with which I heat up 10 liters of water by 24.2°C in 610 seconds. My system consumed 0.5 KW of electric energy in this time. Now I used this formula: Specific heat ...
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How does pressure energy convert to thermal in incompressible flow?

I am thinking of a straight thermally isolated pipe, and incompressible flow through it. Due to friction, pressure energy drop of fluid, (increase of internal energy), can be calculated via the Darcy–...
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Working hours of power plant generators

My question might seem a simple one, but it has been troubling me for a while. How many hours in a day do conventional electrical generators work (the ones in large power plants)? Do they by any ...
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Getting high RPM out of a low RPM motor

I'm trying to use a 1500 RPM-rated electric motor to accelerate a (light, 25kg) shaft up to 50 000 RPM. At these speeds I figure using a belt system or roller chains is out of the question due to wear ...
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Why use different specific heat capacities in the energy equations for incompressible and compressible fluid flow?

Background: I notice that there is quite a bit of similarity between the standard heat equation and the energy equation (from the navier stokes equations). The heat equation is given as $$\frac{\...
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Energy of a 3D Timoshenko beam

I am interested in the kinetic energy T and the potential energy U of a three dimensional Timoshenko beam. For a 2D Timoshenko beam the energies read: $$ T = \dfrac{1}{2} \int\limits_o^l \left( \rho ...
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How do I calculate the additional energy required to pump fluid through a restriction?

Let's say I have a pump pushing fluid through a 250 ft pipe, 1.5'' diameter, at a rate of 20 gallons per minute. I would like to calculate the delta in energy required to pump this fluid with and ...
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Need advice answering this kinetics of particles energy method dynamics problem

Problem 3/155 The light rod is pivoted at O and carries the 2kg and 4kg particles. If the rod is released from rest at $\theta=60°$ and swings in the vertical plane, calculate (a) the velocity $v$ of ...
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Calculating torque needed to climb a graded hill

I've been designing an electric skateboard which is driven by only one of the rear wheels (for the moment). As I was picking out motors for the board, I soon realized I would need to find a balance ...
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Turning an engine over with engine compression

When you compress a bicycle pump and seal the opening, the pump will automatically return to it's initial position when you release it. I suppose this is how air suspension works as well? if you have ...
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Short power outage, deliberate?

The power went out in my block just now, so I got in my car and drove around and found a utility truck next to a pole that is at the junction between the block circuit and an adjoining circuit (which ...
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Relationship between wind velocity, turbine rotor diameter, and power output

I'm trying to understand and identify the equations to use in defining the relationship between wind velocity, turbine rotor diameter, and power output for a wind turbine. To simplify my question, ...
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Required mass of wood to produce 20 Watts/Hour

Requirements: I need to produce $20\ \mathrm{W}\,\mathrm{hr}^{-1}$ by burning wood. The specific energy of wood is $21\ \mathrm{MJ}\,\mathrm{kg}$ Find the required mass of wood to produce $20\ \...
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Why isn't trash ground into dust and used as fuel? [closed]

Combustible dust is known as an explosion hazard, especially in large factories etc. They can create powerful explosions and bring down entire buildings if it is disturbed by a large enough vibration ...
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How could we possibly harness the energy from the Earth's negative charge?

I've been reading the Feynman lectures, and in this lecture about lightning, he describes how the Earth is negatively charged, and how there is thus an electric field of about $100\ \tfrac{\text{V}}{\...
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What kind of signal is the signum function? A power signal or an energy signal?

I'm studying "signals and systems". We can indentify two kinds of signals: power signal and energy signal. The definitions are: Energy of a time-continous signal $$ E_x = \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}{|x(...
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How to automatically process energy meter data considering outliers and meter reset?

I want to algorithmically process energy meter data. The energy meter measures a heat or power producer or a heat or power consumer (but not both, so the measured energy will always have a positive ...
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Can the Sabatier reaction power a vehicle?

The Sabatier reaction converts CO2 to methane. Can a vehicle that burns methane recover it (at least some part) from the exhaust gases via the Sabatier reaction? I am interested to know how this would ...
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How can one calculate the change in heat energy when the specific heat varies with temperature?

Many materials have a specific heat which varies with temperature, especially as the temperature change grows large. How does one calculate the heat energy that an object receives in this case? Can ...
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Does The W*nkBand Work?

A certain product (link: Metro, somewhat safe for work) is currently trending on social media, that allows men to convert the kinetic energy of their more vigorous personal activities into electrical ...