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Power Estimating Equations

About These Equations

These equations are commonly used to estimate power requirements.

To obtain, for use with these equations, specific heat, latent heat of fusion and latent heat of vaporization of common substances, refer to the properties of non-metallic solids, metals, metals in a liquid state, liquids, and air and gases under Reference Data.

Equation 1-- Heat Required To Raise The Temperature of A Material


Q1 = Heat required to raise temperature
W = Pounds of material
CP = Specific heat of material (Btu/lb-F)
T = Temperature rise of material 
        (TFinal - TInitial) F


Equation 2--Heat Required To Vaporize A Material
(To Melt a Substance, Substitute Latent Heat of Fusion ---Hf---for Latent Heat of Vaporization

Q2 = Heat required to vaporize
W = Pounds of material
Hv = Latent heat of vaporization (Btu/lb)


Equation 3--Heat Losses From Surfaces

Q3 = Surface heat losses
A = Surface area (ft2)
FSL = Surface loss factors (W/ft2) evaluated at surface temperature
t = Exposure time (hours)


Equation 4--Heat Losses By Conduction Through Materials

Q4 = Conduction heat losses
K = Thermal Conductivity (Btu in/ft2 F hour)
A = Heat transfer surface area (ft2)
X = Thickness of material (inches)
T = Temperature difference across material (T2 - T1)F
t = Conduction time (hours)

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