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Laws of Thermodynamics

  1. Jan 14, 2015 #1
    If you keep boling water in thermos It remains hot up to 3-4 days. Let's say you can create a thermo where no heat can escape outside. Does the water remain hot for decades? Or does it get cold even if heat does not escape? And why? What is the corresponding laws of thermodynamics about thermal energy can't be created nor destroyed. And are there no such thermos where no heat can escape?
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  3. Jan 14, 2015 #2
    In an idealized case where the walls of the container are rigid (so no work can be done) and perfect insulators, then the first law of thermodynamics tells us that the temperature would not change. Unfortunately, perfectly adiabatic systems do not exist as far as I know and are useful as simplifying assumptions to do calculations.
  4. Jan 15, 2015 #3


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    In other words: there is no such thing as a perfect insulator. Heat can be transferred in three ways, you can't block them all. In Devar flask two of them are minimalized.
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