Classical statistical thermodynamics approach for the exergy of nuclear radiationV. Badescu and D. Isvoranu
Candida Oancea Institute, Polytechnic University of Bucharest - Spl. Independentei 313, Bucharest 060042, Romania
received 18 July 2007; accepted in final form 13 September 2007; published November 2007
published online 10 October 2007
The exergy of nuclear radiation is evaluated by using a simple classical statistical thermodynamic approach. Only radiation particles with non-zero rest mass are considered (i.e. protons, neutrons, alpha and beta particles). The starting point is Weisskopf's compound nucleus evaporation theory.
05.70.Ln - Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics.
84.60.Bk - Performance characteristics of energy conversion systems; figure of merit.
89.30.-g - Energy resources.
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