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Heat experiment callibration

  1. Oct 4, 2009 #1
    In this experiment, I have to burn varying fuels and determine the energy released from the temperature change of the water. Some heat loss occurs e.g. to the water container and surroundings. If I had a fuel and I know how much energy will be released, is there a way I could calibrate my experiment so that I can calculate the correct value for the other fuels?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 4, 2009 #2
    Generally speaking, you can do that after calibrating the heat loss according to the amount of fuel burnt. But I think you should take into consideration of the type of the unknown fuel, say: state, viscosity, burning products etc.. . Overall, the more the new fuel similar to the calibrant, the better.
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