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Chemical and Mechanical Engineering 2300 / Thermodynamics I

Homework Assignment 2 (Lectures 1 - 5)

Prof. Geoff Silcox
Chemical Engineering
University of Utah
Due Monday, 2014 September 15, by 17:00
To ensure that you receive full credit for your solutions, write out all equations in
symbolic form, give numerical values for all variables and constants in the equations, and
write answers to definitions or conceptual problems in complete sentences. Approximate
answers are rounded to one significant figure. Your answers need to be reported with
Problem 1
A gas is compressed from an initial volume of V
=0.42 m
to a final volume of V
0.12 m
. During the quasi-equilibrium process, the pressure changes with volume
according to P =aV +b, where a =-1200 kPa/m
and b =600 kPa. Calculate the work
done during this process (a) by plotting the process on a P-V diagram and finding the area
under the process curve and (b) by performing the integration analytically. Approximate
answer: 80 kJ .
Problem 2
A diaphragm divides a rigid, well insulated, 2-m
tank into two equal parts. The left side
contains nitrogen gas (N
) at 10 bar (absolute) and 300 K. The right side contains
nothing, it is a vacuum. A small hole forms in the diaphragm and gas slowly leaks out
from the left side. After some time the temperature in the whole tank is uniform. What is
the final temperature? You may assume ideal gas behavior. Approximate answer: 300
Problem 3
Fifty grams of air are compressed isothermally at 300 K from 1 bar to 10 bar (absolute
pressures). Calculate the work done on the air (kJ ). Approximate answer: 10 kJ .
Problem 4
Fifty grams of oxygen in a piston-cylinder assembly are compressed not adiabatically,
not isothermally, but somewhere in between per the relationship
constant PV
from 100 kPa (absolute) and 300 K to 1 MPa (absolute). Find the heat transferred (kJ ), if
any, to or from the system during this process. If there is heat transfer, is it positive or
negative? You may assume ideal gas behavior. Approximate answer: Q
=- 5 kJ .
Problem 5
The inner and outer surfaces of a 5-m-by-6-m brick wall of thickness 30 cm and thermal
conductivity 0.69 W/(m C) are steady temperatures of 20C and 5C. Determine the rate
of heat transfer through the wall, in W. Note that 0.69 W/(m C) =0.69 W/(m K).
Approximate answer: 1000 W.
Problem 6
Objects radiate and absorb radiant energy. Suppose we have an unclothed person with
surface area A =1.8 m
, a skin temperature of T
=34C, in a room with surfaces at T
15C. Approximating the person as a blackbody radiator, find the net rate of heat loss by
radiation (watts) from the equation

4 4
net 1 2

where the Stefan-Boltzmann constant, =5.67x10
). Approximate answer:
200 W.
Problem 7
An electric water heater holds water at 135F in a room at 65F. Its insulation is
equivalent to R5 (R-value =5). The owner fits a 25-ft
, R10 blanket on the water heat,
raising its total R value to 15. If the conversion of electricity into heated water is 100%,
how much energy (kWhr) will be saved each year? If electricity costs 7.6 cents/kWhr,
how much money will be saved each year? Approximate answers: 600 kWh/yr and