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Questions relating to the various laws of thermodynamics, transformation or movement of a form of energy to another form, primarily but not limited to heating or cooling of a fluid.

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What would be the surface area of a boiler that has a heat input of 850 MW from combustion? [on hold]

The rate at which heat is supplied the boiler is 850MW which is attained by burning 20Kg/s of natural gas. Heat losses by convection are to be calculated but the surface area is unknown. So how to ...
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N2O/Kerosene Rocket Fuel

I am interested in building a small liquid fuel rocket and I have decided to use nitrous oxide and kerosene as the oxidiser and fuel respectively. I would like to know if anyone has any advice ...
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Heat transfer coefficient of a cylindrical hot water storage tank depending on its size

I have a simulation model of a cylindrical hot water storage tank. The heat loss is determined by the surface area and the heat transfer coefficient. A configuration of the storage tank with 900 ...
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What is the thermodynamic consideration so almost all air conditioners are installed on top?

Almost all air conditioners (AC) are installed on top. For house small office use, will be like the picture. For office with central air conditioner, the blowing come from the ceiling through duct. ...
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Storage losses of a heat storage tank

Suppose I have a heat generator with a connected heat storage tank. If the heat generator remains the same and the heat storage tank is dimensioned larger, the running time of the heat generator ...
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Given a known relation between the saturation pressure and temperature of an unspecified metal, how can we determine the following properties?

This problem contains multiple parts, and I will write my initial attempts at solving the problem under it's corresponding section If we're given that the vapor pressures (described in Atm) of both ...
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Are there steam tables for subsaturated steam?

By Googling I can find basically two types of steam tables for water. They are either saturated steam tables, which I understand are for steam in saturated state. Here pressure are temperature are ...
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Tg and vitrification

If the particular reaction temperature is lower than the value of Tg at full conversion, Tg∞ = Tg(x = 1), a conversion will be reached where Tg(x) equals T(reaction temperature) and vitrification of ...
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Conceiving a wind turbine as a thermodynamic machine

Traditionally, and continuing till the present day, wind turbines are conceived/presented as power plants which harvest the (macroscopic) kinetic energy carried by an externally available airflow, ...
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When does the minimum temperature in a four-stroke cycle occur inside the engine cylinder?

I've checked on quite a few places on the net and some say it occurs at the beginning of suction stroke and others say at the end of suction stroke. I believe it to be at the end of suction stroke ...
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Difference between RK and SRK equations of state in molar volume calculations

I'm doing a simple paper for my postgrad course in Chem. Eng. In this study, I'm just comparing equations of state and the data found in PH diagrams. For Methane, at 263.15 K and 20000 kPa, the molar ...
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How many heaters needed

A room 10"x10"x17" lxbxh respectively to be heated 397F if a heater is placed inside the room (2 kw) how many heater are to be required to heat the room from room temperature to 397 F in 1 hour.
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1 Ton of Refrigeration

"1 TR is equivalent to the rate of heat transfer needed to produce 1 U.S. ton (2000 lbs) of ice at 32F from water at 32F in one day, i.e., 24 hours." While defining 1 Ton of Refrigeration (TR), why ...
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Final temperature of an isolated vessel - Thermodynamics

8) Consider an inextensible tank of 10 m3 of volume, isolated by an adiabatic wrap. The tank contains nitrogen at 2 bar and 300 K. This tank is connected to a piping by which more N2 (at 300 K) is ...
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From a mechanical point of view(Physics/Engineering) why are Front-Load washers said to clean/wash better than Top-Load washers on average?

Which cleans better? Is it just marketing or do they really clean/wash better due to some physical property or the way they work, I am asking how do they if they do? N.B I do not intend to indicate ...
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Confusion about throttling process

A throttling process is defined as an isenthalpic process. But in certain cases, the throttling process is defined with the stagnation enthalpy being constant (ref: http://web.mit.edu/16.unified/www/...
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Is there something called the stagnation volume?

When discussing the stagnation flow properties we always discuss stagnation temperature, stagnation pressure, and stagnation enthalpy. Is there also a stagnation property called the stagnation volume ...
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In a throttling process do we consider static pressure or stagnation pressure and is there a reverse throttling process?

In a throttling process, the 'pressures' decreases whereas the enthalpy and so the 'temperature' remains constant. Are these pressures and temperatures static values or the stagnation values? I am ...
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Time to change temperature inside the box

I have an interesting problem here. I have a box of certain dimensions. Inside of the box is some insulation and another box, from the same material as the outer box. I know everything possible about ...
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How do I determine the temperature inside a transformer vault?

I am trying to determine the temperature of an underground concrete vault buried 10m underground. The vault has the following dimensions: 2640mm x 5995mm x 2640mm with a wall thickness of 250mm. The ...
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Question with regard to spacex raptor engineand other full flow staged combustion engines

The diagram linked is unofficial but I've looked at other diagrams which are similar. The coolant is pumped in at a high pressure much higher than the maximum chamber pressure of the rocket the ...
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How can a non flowing fluid have kinetic energy?

I am currently studying engineering thermodynamics from Cengel and Boles and there it is given that total energy of non flowing fluid per unit mass basis is given as $e=u+\frac{v^2}{2}+gz$.But if the ...
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Carefully attaching Pt-wire to mild/carbon steel surface

Problem: I have a near 100% Pt wire (25 AWG / D ≈ 0.45mm) that I would like to attatch to a cold rolled steel (E235 / EN 1.0308) surface. Assume this surface is flat. Goal: Keep wire attached to ...
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Will a cyclic heat load transform my martensitic steel? How fast?

I have a plunger - that I'm using for glass forming - made out of a martensitic steel. Glass is at 1000°C and since martensite is a metastable phase, should I expect the properties of my plunger to ...
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Could boiling water inside a semi-enclosed pipe be a low-cost method for a silent marine propulsion system? (redesigned)

I am wondering if boiling water that is trapped inside of a semi-enclosed pipe would be a low-cost method of creating an underwater thruster that would function as a silent marine propulsion system. ...
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Steam cycle for a boiler / radiator system vs Rankine cycle

Everything I've read on the Rankine cycle indicates that the feedwater pump is necessary for the cycle to work. However the steam cycle used in traditional household boiler / radiator systems seems to ...
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Wire heating and heat transfer in a cylindrical pattern

I have a series of copper coils with ¼” cooling plates between each coil. The cooling plates will be manufactured from aluminum and cooled using copper tubing. There are seven in series, and a plate ...
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How to minimize temperature increase caused by compression of a cryogenic liquid in a multistage high pressure turbopump?

The cryogenic fuel I'm using is methane at 100 K and 300,000 Pa. Based on my calculations, after compression, the pressure is 55 MPa and using the ideal gas equation the temperature is approx. 800 K. ...
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How is flow work calculated?

I am reading thermodynamics from Cengel and Boles. I am currently studying flow work. The following image contains text of the book: The work done is calculated by considering the pressure of ...
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In a warmer/sunnier climate, window (or roller shutters) superior to curtains?

When -on a hot day- the sun is incident on a window covered from the outside by a closed window shutter, the resulting heat is absorbed by the layers of air surrounding the shutter, subsequently ...
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Doubt regarding meta-stable and labile region of a supersaturated solution

I have read in a paper that the for formation of new crystals in a solution the energy released due to formation of solid from solution should be more than the energy needed to overcome solid-liquid ...
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What pressure is taken as the pressure of liquid

I am learning pure substances in thermodynamics.I read a sentence "Consider a piston cylinder containing liquid at 20 degree celsius and 1 atm pressure."My question is that the pressure of liquid ...
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What happens in a cone-shaped nozzle?

So I am learning for thermodynamics now and there is one thing that is bugging me. In the book it shows a laval nozzle (very simplified) and a diffuser. with the formulas: (a is the speed of sound) ...
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Ideal gas law, theory vs reality

I am trying to get an idea of the amount of hydrogen that I can store in some pressurized steel tanks underground. Based on the ideal gas law PV=nRT I did a simple calculation pressure = 200bar ...
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Efficiency of TurboJet engines with nozzles

As per Bryton Cycles, most of TurboJet engines' Thermodynamic efficiency should be around 40%. Rest of energy gets rejected as waste heat in exit gases of after the turbine. But if these hot gases ...
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Effect of Pressure on Combustion efficiency (of hydrogen) in excess air

Can somebody explain relation between combustion efficiency and pressure in lean mixtures using any kind of chart or mathematical equations? At first glance I thought, combustion efficiency increases ...
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Why doesn't steam/water flow backwards from expansion in power plant feedwater pump/boiler? [duplicate]

I think i understand the mechanics in a steam locomotive: Fill boiler with water Close off boiler Heat boiler until pressure is sufficient Keep boiler hot and use steam pressure until no more water ...
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Is there a way to calculate the heat capacity of a solid or volumetric heat capacity of a solid oxide fuel cell?

I am working on a personal project and wanted to use a solid oxide fuel cell to power up a load (I have not decided what yet), so I am trying to find a way to estimate the power I would need to heat ...
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Does utilizing exhaust energy to supercharge (“turbocharging”) increase the thermal efficiency of a gasoline internal combustion engine?

The work done by a turbocharger increases the inlet charge without much of a burden to the exhaust flow. This increases the amount of air (and fuel) that flows into the engine. How does this affect ...
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Could I define an isothermal efficiency?

There's an adiabatic efficiency because real processes can't be adiabatic. I want an isothermal compression (yes, I know an adiabatic compression consumes less work, but my pressure differential is ...
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Search for comprehensive term for plants with heat generation with heat storage and operating states

My master thesis deals with systems with several operating states that generate heat and store it in a heat storage. Thereby I analyze combined heat and power plants with combustion engines, but also ...
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Difficulty to reach Mach 1 by blowing into a small converging-diverging nozzle?

I'm learning about the basics of converging/diverging nozzles in my thermodynamics class, and it has me curious. Could you theoretically blow into a tiny converging/diverging nozzle and break the ...
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How to build multiple large scale fish tanks with water at different temperatures

I am wondering at a high level what are the material components that might be used in building several large scale fish tanks that are temperature regulated like on a fishing farm. For example, what ...
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Cooling Down Fridge Encased in wooden box

I'm currently working on a project which involves a small fridge encased in a wooden box. It's designed for hotels and the boxes vary slightly, but one common trait is that the box has an open vent ...
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How do you calculate the temperature after methane combustion if liquid H2O is sprayed into the combustor?

Calculating adiabatic flame temperature is pretty clear in thermo books, but how would you determine the temperature if liquid H20 was sprayed into the combustion chamber simultaneously? Thanks
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Solar Heat Gain/Outside Temperature Effects on a House

I'm currently a sophomore Mechanical engineering student and need some help with an equation for my project. I am coding a simulation in Matlab and have been given a very short time frame to do it. I ...
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Steam at 1 MPa, 300°C flows through a 30 cm diameter pipe with an average velocity of 10 m/s. The mass flow rate of this steam is:

Steam at 1 MPa, 300°C flows through a 30 cm diameter pipe with an average velocity of 10 m/s. The mass flow rate of this steam is: A) 0.731 kg/s B) 2.74 kg/s C) 3.18 kg/s D) 3.78 kg/s Can anyone ...
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Efficiency of a sterling engine

What is meant by thermodynamic efficiency of a sterling engine? and what are the factors that affect the thermodynamic efficiency of a sterling engine? Similair to other questions i know despite ...
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Doubt in proof of condition dG<=0

I tried proving the condition dG<=0 where G is Gibb's free energy and instead ended up proving dB<=0 where B is exergy. Can someone please explain what went wrong with my derivation. I have ...
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Is there a formula to relate the axial length of a nozzle expander with its radius?

I know the inlet, throat and outlet areas for a nozzle expander. Is there a formula to know its axial length? Something like L= f(A) = f(D).