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2.4: Thermodynamics Second Law

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    There are several definitions of the second law. No matter which definition is used to describe the second law it will end in a mathematical form. The most common mathematical form is Clausius inequality which state that

    \[ \oint \dfrac {\delta Q} { T} \ge 0

    The integration symbol with the circle represent integral of cycle (therefor circle) in with system return to the same condition. If there is no lost, it is referred as a reversible process and the inequality change to equality.

    \[ \oint \dfrac {\delta Q} { T} = 0

    The last integral can go though several states. These states are independent of the path the system goes through. Hence, the integral is independent of the path. This observation leads to the definition of entropy and designated as \(S\) and the derivative of entropy is

    \[ ds \equiv \left( \dfrac{ \delta Q}{T} \right)_{\hbox{rev}}

    Performing integration between two states results in

    \[ S_2 -S_1 = \int^2_1 \left( \dfrac{ \delta Q}{T}
    \right)_{\hbox{rev}} =
    \int^2_1 dS

    One of the conclusions that can be drawn from this analysis is for reversible and adiabatic process \(dS=0\). Thus, the process in which it is reversible and adiabatic, the entropy remains constant and referred to as isentropic process. It can be noted that there is a possibility that a process can be irreversible and the right amount of heat transfer to have zero change entropy change. Thus, the reverse conclusion that zero change of entropy leads to reversible process, isn't correct. For reversible process equation (12) can be written as

    \[ \delta Q = T\, dS

    and the work that the system is doing on the surroundings is

    \[ \delta W = P\,dV

    Substituting equations (15) (16) into (10) results in

    \[ T\,dS = d\,E_U + P\, dV

    Even though the derivation of the above equations were done assuming that there is no change of kinetic or potential energy, it still remain valid for all situations. Furthermore, it can be shown that it is valid for reversible and irreversible processes.


    It is a common practice to define a new property, which is the combination of already defined properties, the enthalpy of the system.

    \[ H = E_U + P\,V

    The specific enthalpy is enthalpy per unit mass and denoted as, \(h\). Or in a differential form as

    \[ dH = dE_U + dP\,V + P\,dV

    Combining equations (18) the (17) yields

    (one form of) Gibbs Equation

    \[\label{thermo:eq:TdSH}T\,dS = dH -V\,dP \]

    For isentropic process, equation (17) is reduced to \(dH=VdP\). The equation (17) in mass unit is

    \[T\,ds = du + P\,dv = dh - \dfrac{dP}{\rho}\label{thermo:eq:Tdsh} \]

    when the density enters through the relationship of \(\rho=1/v\).

    Specific Heats

    The change of internal energy and enthalpy requires new definitions. The first change of the internal energy and it is defined as the following

    Specific Volume Heat

    \[\label{thermo:eq:cv}C_v \equiv \left( \dfrac {\partial E_u }{\partial T} \right) \]

    And since the change of the enthalpy involve some kind of boundary work is defined as

    Specific Pressure Heat

    \[\label{thermo:eq:cp}C_p \equiv \left( \dfrac {\partial h }{\partial T} \right) \]

    The ratio between the specific pressure heat and the specific volume heat is called the ratio of the specific heat and it is denoted as, \(k\).

    Specific Heats Ratio

    \[\label{thermo:eq:k}k \equiv \dfrac {C_p}{C_v} \]

    For solid, the ratio of the specific heats is almost 1 and therefore the difference between them is almost zero. Commonly the difference for solid is ignored and both are assumed to be the same and therefore referred as \(C\). This approximation less strong for liquid but not by that much and in most cases it applied to the calculations. The ratio the specific heat of gases is larger than one.

    Equation of state

    Equation of state is a relation between state variables. Normally the relationship of temperature, pressure, and specific volume define the equation of state for gases. The simplest equation of state referred to as ideal gas. And it is defined as

    \[P = \rho\, R\, T\label{thermo:eq:idealGas} \]

    Application of Avogadro's law, that 'all gases at the same pressures and temperatures have the same number of molecules per unit of volume,' allows the calculation of a "universal gas constant.'' This constant to match the standard units results in

    \[ \bar{R} = 8.3145 \dfrac{kj} {kmol\; K }

    Thus, the specific gas can be calculate as

    \[ R = \dfrac{\bar{R}} {M}

    The specific constants for select gas at 300K is provided in table 2.1.

    Table 2.1 Properties of Various Ideal Gases [300K]
    Gas Chemical Formula Molecular Weight \(R\, \left[\dfrac{kj}{Kg K}\right]\) \(C_p\, \left[\dfrac{kj}{Kg K}\right]\) \(C_V\, \left[\dfrac{kj}{Kg K}\right]\) \(k\)
    Air - 28.970 0.28700 1.0035 0.7165 1.400
    Argon \(Ar\) 39.948 0.20813 0.5203 0.3122 1.400
    Butane \(C_4H_{10}\) 58.124 0.14304 1.7164 1.5734 1.091
    Carbon Dioxide \(CO_2\) 44.01 0.18892 0.8418 0.6529 1.289
    Carbon Monoxide \(CO\) 28.01 0.29683 1.0413 0.7445 1.400
    Ethane \(C_2H_6\) 30.07 0.27650 1.7662 1.4897 1.186
    Ethylene \(C_2H_4\) 28.054 0.29637 1.5482 1.2518 1.237
    Helium \(He\) 4.003 2.07703 5.1926 3.1156 1.667
    Hydrogen \(H_2\) 2.016 4.12418 14.2091 10.0849 1.409
    Methane \(CH_4\) 16.04 0.51835 2.2537 1.7354 1.299
    Neon \(Ne\) 20.183 0.41195 1.0299 0.6179 1.667
    Nitrogen \(N_2\) 28.013 0.29680 1.0416 0.7448 1.400
    Octane \(C_8H_{18}\) 114.230 0.07279 1.7113 1.6385 1.044
    Oxygen \(O_2\) 31.999 0.25983 0.9216 0.6618 1.393
    Propane \(C_3H_8\) 44.097 0.18855 1.6794 1.4909 1.327
    Steam \(H_2O\) 18.015 0.48152 1.8723 1.4108 1.327

    From equation (25) of state for perfect gas it follows

    \[ d\left(P\,v\right) = R\,dT

    For perfect gas

    \[ dh = dE_u + d(Pv) = dE_u + d(R\,T) = f(T)\hbox{ (only)}

    From the definition of enthalpy it follows that

    \[ d(Pv) = dh - dE_u

    Utilizing equation (28) and subsisting into equation (29) and dividing by \(dT\) yields

    \[ C_p - C_v = R

    This relationship is valid only for ideal/perfect gases. The ratio of the specific heats can be expressed in several forms as

    \(C_v\) to Specific Heats Ratio

    \[ \label{thermo:eq:Cv}
    C_v = \dfrac{R}{k-1}

    \(C_p\) to Specific Heats Ratio

    \[ \label{thermo:eq:Cp}
    C_p = \dfrac{k\,R}{k-1}

    The specific heat ratio, \(k\) value ranges from unity to about 1.667. These values depend on the molecular degrees of freedom (more explanation can be obtained in Van Wylen "F. of Classical thermodynamics.'' The values of several gases can be approximated as ideal gas and are provided in Table 2.1. The entropy for ideal gas can be simplified as the following

    \[ s_2 - s_1 = \int_1^2 \left(\dfrac{dh}{T}- \dfrac{dP}{\rho\, T}\right)

    Using the identities developed so far one can find that

    \[ s_2 - s_1 = \int_1^2 C_p \dfrac{dT}{T} - \int_1^2 \dfrac{R\,dP}{P}
    = C_p \, \ln \dfrac{T_2}{T_1} - R\, \ln \dfrac{P_2}{P_1}

    Or using specific heat ratio equation (35) transformed into

    \[ \dfrac{s_2 - s_1} {R} =
    \dfrac{k}{ k -1} \,\ln \dfrac{T_2}{T_1} - \ln \dfrac{P_2}{P_1}

    For isentropic process, \(\Delta s=0\), the following is obtained

    \[ \ln \dfrac{T_2}{T_1} =
    \ln \left(\dfrac{P_2}{P_1} \right) ^ {\dfrac{k -1 }{k}}

    There are several famous identities that results from equation (37) as

    Ideal Gas Isentropic Relationships

    \[ \label{thermo:eq:famousIdeal}
    \dfrac{T_2}{T_1} =
    \left(\dfrac{P_2}{P_1} \right) ^ {\dfrac{k -1 }{k}} =
    \left(\dfrac{V_1}{V_2} \right) ^ {k -1 }

    The ideal gas model is a simplified version of the real behavior of real gas. The real gas has a correction factor to account for the deviations from the ideal gas model. This correction factor referred as the compressibility factor and defined as

    Z deviation from the Ideal Gas Model

    \[\label{thermo:eq:Z}Z = \dfrac{P\,V}{R\,T} \]

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    • Dr. Genick Bar-Meir. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later or Potto license.

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