Here, I show that “entransy” has no meaning in physics, because, at bottom, it rests on the false claim that in order to transfer heat to a solid body of thermodynamic temperature T, the heat transfer must be proportional to T. Entransy “dissipation” is a number proportional to well known measures of irreversibility such as entropy generation and lost exergy (destroyed available work). Furthermore, the “principle of entransy dissipation minimization” adds nothing to existing work based on minimum entropy generation, minimum thermal resistance, and constructal law. The broader trend illustrated by the entransy hoax is that it is becoming easy to take an existing idea, change the keywords, and publish it as new.
“Entransy,” and Its Lack of Content in Physics
Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received September 30, 2013; final manuscript received December 10, 2013; published online March 6, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Oronzio Manca.
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Bejan, A. (March 6, 2014). "“Entransy,” and Its Lack of Content in Physics." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. May 2014; 136(5): 055501. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4026527
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