Irreversible and reversible heat transfer


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Irreversible and reversible heat transfer

Postby npinak_2D » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:04 am

What is importance of irreversible and reversible heat transfers? What are the major differences between the two processes?

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Re: Irreversible and reversible heat transfer

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:07 am

Hi,

In a reversible process, the system can be made to go back to it's initial state by infinitesimal changes in some property of system without the expenditure of energy.

In a Irreversible process you need to spend some energy to take the system back to it's initial state.

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Re: Irreversible and reversible heat transfer

Postby 704628249 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:07 am

Usually irreversible processes occur under constant pressure and irreversible processes do not. Irreversible processes do more work.

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Re: Irreversible and reversible heat transfer

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:17 pm

It should be the other way around. Reversible process actually does more work (maximum work). Plus, in isothermal expansion, the irreversible one pushes against a constant pressure while the reversible one does not.


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