EFFICIENT USE OF ENERGY: A PHYSICS PERSPECTIVE, A REPORT OF THE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES GROUP OF A SUMMER STUDY HELD IN PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY ON JULY, 1974

Research opportunities in physics related to efficient energy utilization are identified. Stress is given to the conceptual framework of thermodynamics, especially as a tool for assessing the efficiency of the management of low quality heat. Elementary quantitative models of energy flows in the house and the car are developed. The report emphasizes the importance of new systems concepts and new materials for the management of heat and of new diagnostic instrumentation. Further technologies reviewed include the automobile tire and suspension, hot water heaters, HVAC systems, the fuel cell as a combined system for electricity and heat, electrochemical processes, and processes involving separative work.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., Federal Energy Administration, Washington, D.C., and Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Physical Society

    One Physics Ellipse
    College Park, MD  USA  20740-3884

    National Science Foundation

    1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20550

    Electrical Power Research Institute

    Palo Alto, CA  USA 

    Federal Energy Administration

    12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20461
  • Authors:
    • Carnahan, W
    • Ford, K W
    • Prosperetti, A
    • Rochlin, G I
    • Rosenfeld, A H
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

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  • Pagination: 264 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092816
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM