Latent Heat

The amount of heat required to melt (or vapourize) 1 kilogram of a substance. The same amount of heat is released when 1 kilogram of the same substance freezes (or condenses). The heat is absorbed at constant temperature, the melting temperature.

Amorphous solids, including many polymers, do not have a sharp melting point. When these pass from a solid state to one which is fluid they do so over a wide temperature range, centred roughly about the glass temperature. It is then not appropriate to define a latent heat of melting.

See also: Latent Energy, Latent Heat of Evaporation, Latent Heat of Fusion, Specific Heat Capacity.

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Subjects: Thermodynamics