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Heat Rejection process of Carnot Refrigeration

  1. Dec 8, 2015 #1
    Hi there, I just sign up today. I'm curious to know about the energy added/released in a Carnot Refrigeration Cycle. Let's say the problem is like this:

    A Carnot Refrigerator used refrigerant-134a as the working fluid. During the heat addition process, a percentage of mass of the refrigerant vaporise.
    So the question is how do we classify the energy in heat addition process? Is it enthalpy or internal energy? And why?
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  3. Dec 8, 2015 #2
    You are aware that enthalpy and internal energy are functions of the thermodynamic state of a system, and are inherently different from heat passing through the boundaries of a system, correct?
  4. Dec 9, 2015 #3
    Can you elaborate on these, I may get these 2 terms confused.
  5. Dec 9, 2015 #4
    For an ideal gas, the internal energy is just the sum of the kinetic energies of all the molecules. For a real gas, the internal energy also includes attractive and repulsive energetic interactions between the molecules. The enthalpy is just a convenient parameter to work with in many kinds of problems, and has no fundamental significance. It is defined as H = U + PV.

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