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Hydrogen and it's Specific Heat.

  1. Mar 29, 2015 #1

    I had a few questions regarding hydrogen.
    I know for a fact that hydrogen has a high value of specific heat.
    My questions are:
    1). Isn't hydrogen supposed to be a good coolant, and if it is is it actually used ?
    2). If it is a good coolant how does it work as a fuel ?

    I hope these questions make sense, and thanks in advance.
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  3. Mar 29, 2015 #2


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    It's tricky using elemental hydrogen in many applications because it is highly flammable in the presence of oxygen and open flames, static electricity, etc.

    Hydrogen's physical properties, like specific heat capacity, are separate from its chemical characteristics. Whether or not hydrogen is a good coolant has nothing to do with whether it will ignite if mixed with oxygen and a spark is made. :))

    Here's what happens:

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