The Misleading Use of “Enthalpy” in an Energy Conversion Analysis


The frequently used thermodynamic state quantity enthalpy H turns out to be very problematic when applied in an energy conversion analysis. Due to the fact that H combines two terms, the internal energy U and the product pV, the interpretation of what H means in physical terms is often obscure and leads to various misinterpretations. Several examples are given and interpreted twice,i.e.with and without referring to enthalpy.

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Herwig, H. (2014) The Misleading Use of “Enthalpy” in an Energy Conversion Analysis. Natural Science, 6, 878-885. doi: 10.4236/ns.2014.611085.

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