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6 Thermochemistry

Part 1. Fundamentals and Safety

  1. Elke Goos1,
  2. Alexander Burcat2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9783527628148.hoc006

Handbook of Combustion

Handbook of Combustion

How to Cite

Goos, E. and Burcat, A. 2010. Thermochemistry. Handbook of Combustion. 1:6:135–152.

Author Information

  1. 1

    German Aerospace Center, Institute of Combustion Technology, Stuttgart, Germany

  2. 2

    Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Haifa, Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2010


In this chapter, the roots of thermochemistry will be presented, as well as the individual properties interrelations and their connection to chemical kinetic properties. Methods used to calculate the thermochemical properties from spectroscopic data are described, and sources for thermochemical data listed. An outline is provided of the uses of thermochemistry in research and industry for combustion and related processes, together with an overview of the future of thermochemistry and its developments.


  • Fundamental thermodynamics laws;
  • statistical thermodynamics;
  • partition functions;
  • thermochemical properties;
  • thermodynamic properties;
  • enthalpy of reaction;
  • entropy;
  • heat capacity;
  • thermochemical data sources