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Offline vanklik

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Enthalpy change at high altitudes
« on: December 22, 2009, 04:42:25 PM »
In one of the problems I've calculated the mass of water that the mountaineers could boil using the remaining gas. I need to explain the reasons why, in practice, they would only be able to boil about half this mass of water.

I think there will be a big loss of heat to surroundings, also at high altitudes, the lower air pressure means incomplete combustion therefore less energy than expected.

Is this correct? Is there any other reasons?

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Re: Enthalpy change at high altitudes
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2009, 02:11:40 AM »
They would be able to boil more water than the same amount at sea level. I would think this because the boiling point for water will be lower than 100 C at the top of a mountain.
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