Modified forms of the first and the second law of thermodynamics

Siavash H Sohrab*

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A scale-invariant statistical theory of fields is presented that leads to invariant definition of density, velocity, temperature, and pressure. The definition of Boltzmann constant is introduced as kk = k = mkvkc = 1.381×10-23 J/K, suggesting that Kelvin absolute temperature scale is equivalent to a length scale. Two new state variables called the reversible heat Qrev = TS and the reversible work Wrev = ℙV are introduced. The modified forms of the first and second law of thermodynamics are presented. The microscopic definition of heat (work) is presented as the kinetic energy due to random (peculiar) translational, rotational, and pulsational motions. The Gibbs free energy of an element at scale β is identified as the total system energy at scale (β-1), thus leading to an invariant form of the first law of thermodynamics Uβ = Qβ - Wβ + NUβ-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Advanced Energy Systems Division (Publication) AES
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

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