Numerical evaluation of melting point and fusion heat for potassium acetate dihydrate as a latent heat storage material

Yasuyuki Watanabe*, Izumi Hirasawa

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To clarify the inevitability of the relationship between the melting point (Tm=291 K) and the heat of fusion (ΔHf=135 kJ/kg) of potassium acetate dihydrate, a potential latent heat storage material, a quantitative examination of the relationship was made in terms of the structural formula. First, four pairs of salts comprising Na+ or K+ with the same given anion were investigated, for all of which the degree of hydration and the dehydration transition temperature of the hydrate was known. It was found that the dehydration temperature of the potassium salt was generally 20‒50 K lower than that of the sodium salt. It was also found that the dehydration temperature, that is Tm, was lower as the ratio of Stokes radius of the salt ion in aqueous solution to the ion radius in crystal structure decreased. Next, the entropy change ΔSf (=ΔHf/Tm) of the hydrate during fusion was expressed as a combination of entropy change ΔSf,HO of water during fusion and the mass fraction Φw of the water of crystallization in the hydrate. With this combination, a simple relational expression between Tm and ΔHf was derived. Application of this expression to the measured data for 18 dif-ferent hydrates, it was indicated that the numerical value of ΔHf could be estimated with a relative standard deviation of ±0.212 when the structural formula and the Tm value of a hydrate were both known. Through this, the inevitability of the correspondence between the ΔHf value and Tm for potassium acetate dihydrate was also confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
Journalkagaku kogaku ronbunshu
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 20


  • Crystallization
  • Fusion heat
  • Latent heat storage material
  • Melting point
  • Salt hydrate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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