Dr. Ahmed G. Abo-Khalil

Electrical Engineering Department

Entropy of fusion

The entropy of fusion is the increase in entropy when melting a substance. This is almost always positive since the degree of disorder increases in the transition from an organized crystalline solid to the disorganized structure of a liquid; the only known exception is helium.[1] It is denoted as ΔSfus and normally expressed in J / mol / K

A natural process such as a phase change will occur when the associated change in the Gibbs free energy is negative. It follows that the entropy of fusion is related to the melting point and the heat of fusion:

 Delta H_{fus} = T_{fus} 	imes Delta S_{fus}
Helium-3 has a negative entropy of fusion at temperatures below 0.3 K. Helium-4 also has a very slightly negative entropy of fusion below 0.8 K. This means that, at appropriate constant pressures, these substances freeze with the addition of heat.

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