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Re: is the calorific value of a fuel always a const.

Date: Wed Jul 29 14:57:34 1998
Posted By: Artem Evdokimov, Grad student, Structural Biology (Chemistry)
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 897222403.Ch

Dear User,

If under the "calorific value" you understand "specific heat of combustion"
then yes. With one remark - "fuel" is not a chemical substance. Its
composition varies quite significantly depending on the manufacturer , 
process of purification and other factors. Hence combustion heats of fuel
not be always the same, but would generally have a steady average over
many batches.

For references, i suggest searching the American Bureau of Standards.

Hope it helps.


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