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On the Exergy Content of an Isolated Body in Thermodynamic Disequilibrium


  • Robert W. Grubbström

    (Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden and Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia)


Exergy is a concept that is gaining an increasingly wider recognition as a proper measure for the actual energy resources consumed, when energy is used. Energy as such is indestructible, but exergy is not. As entropy is generated while energy is used, exergy is consumed. Exergy can be interpreted as the qualitative content of energy, or as energy in its highest quality. Therefore, there is an interest in investigating this concept from as many theoretical aspects as possible. In earlier papers the author has developed formulae for the exergy potential of a system of finitely extended objects, not necessarily having any environment. It was shown that the classical formula for exergy obtains as one of the objects grows beyond all bounds thereby taking on the rôle as an environment. In this current paper formulae are derived for the exergy content of an isolated body in thermodynamic disequilibrium, viewed as a system of infinitely many objects each with infinitesimal extension and in microscopic equilibrium.

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  • Robert W. Grubbström, 2012. "On the Exergy Content of an Isolated Body in Thermodynamic Disequilibrium," International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering (IJEOE), IGI Global, vol. 1(1), pages 1-18, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jeoe00:v:1:y:2012:i:1:p:1-18

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