Chapter 10

Heat pump

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Two pools of masses and .

is desired to convert into heated pool and into an ice rink with a heat pump operating reversibly.

The specific heat capacity of water is given.

Question

Initially, . decreases by .

Determine the final temperature and the work to provide.

(Hint : consider a low temperature variation on an elementary cycle).

Solution

On an elementary cycle :

Yet :

So :

The provided work is :

Question

In a stage, the second water basin passes its frozen state.

The specific latent heat of water is .

Determine the new final values of and .

Then :

Work is :

Question

In a third step, the temperature of the ice is lowered by .

Determine the new final values and .

Solution

Reasoning identical to that of the question .

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