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Question about where a thermodynamics formula comes from

  1. Apr 13, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    How do we obtain:
    w = q - Δh

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
    If you neglect the second half of the SFEE and simplify we get:


    What is the next step from the last line in the above image to

    w = q - Δh

    I mean dw/dt = dq/dt - Δh

    so if we multiply by dt we get:

    dw = dq - Δh(dt)
    w = q -
    Then I assume this should be integrated? If yes, how? Can't seem to get my head round it.

    Also, what is the difference between w = q - Δh and w = q - Δu? I know u is specific internal energy and h is specific enthalpy but the above seems to suggest they're the same?

    Last edited: Apr 13, 2016
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  3. Apr 13, 2016 #2
    in thermodynamics, the thermodynamic relation is generally expressed as an infinitesimal change in internal energy in terms of infinitesimal changes in entropy, and volume for a closed system in thermal equilibrium in the following .....
    however the laws of thermodynamics predefines the way one can relate the 'desired macroscopic parameters/observables of the system'
  4. Apr 13, 2016 #3
    In the open system version of the 1st law that you have written (based on a fixed control volume), ##\dot{W}## is not the total rate of doing work, it is only the rate of doing "shaft work." There is also work involved in pushing mass out of the control volume in an output stream, and pushing work into the control volume in an input stream. That explains why there is a ##\Delta h## and not a ##\Delta u##. This should all have been explained in the derivation in your book.

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