Title

Thermodynamic Calculation of Work for Some Irreversible Processes

Abstract

The idea that thermodynamic work depends on the speed of the process is not new. The concept of reversible process carried out in a series of infinitesimal steps suggests an extremely slow process. It is generally recognized that the effective voltage of a battery decreases with increasing current, with the reversible voltage represented by the value measured at zero current. The same principle can be applied to mechanical processes. A definition of mechanical work and its application to a system confined by a piston are given.

Department(s)

Chemistry

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2005 American Chemical Society (ACS), All rights reserved.


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