The amount of heat required to convert a unit mass of a solid at its melting point into a liquid without an increase in temperature.
The amount of heat needed to melt a unit mass of a solid that has just reached the melting point.
The amount of heat required to convert a solid at its melting point into a liquid without an increase in temperature. Liquids release the same amount of heat when they solidify.
(physics) The amount of heat absorbed by unit mass of a material, at its melting point, that causes a phase transition from solid to liquid.
Other Word Forms
heats of fusion
Heat-of-fusion Sentence Examples
The difficulties arise in connexion with the determination of the quantities of ice melted or steam condensed, and in measuring the latent heat of fusion or vaporization in terms of other units for the comparison of observations.
In the practical use of the instrument it is not necessary to know both the latent heat of fusion of ice and the change of volume which occurs on melting; it is sufficient to determine the change of volume per calorie, or the quantity of mercury which is drawn into the bulb of the apparatus per unit of heat added.
For the depression of the freezing-point a relation of the same form applies, but do is negative, and L is the latent heat of fusion.
Its specific gravity is 3.18828 (r), latent heat of fusion 16.185 calories, latent heat of vaporization 45.6 calories, specific heat 0.1071.
Though no rise of temperature accompanies the melting of ice, there is yet a definite quantity of heat absorbed, namely, about 80 calories per gram; this is called the latent heat of fusion of water (see FusloN).