Properties. Paraffin wax is mostly found as a white, odorless, tasteless, waxy solid, with a typical melting point between about 46 and 68 °C (115 and 154 °F), and a density of around 900 kg/m3. It is insoluble in water, but soluble in ether, benzene, and certain esters.To find the specific heat capacity of paraffin wax a sample (pictured in in a controlled atmosphere through the temperature region of interest.
The temperatures and enthalpies of melting and solidification (latent heat capacity) and specific heat capacities of solid and liquid paraffin waxes were .
Its heat of combustion is 42 kJ/g. Paraffin wax is an excellent electrical insulator, with a resistivity of between 1013 and 1017 ohm meter. Paraffin wax is also an excellent material for storing heat, with a specific heat capacity of 2.14–2.9 J g−1 K−1 (joules per gram kelvin) and a heat of fusion of 200–220 J g−1.
enthalpy and specific heat of the wax as a function of temperature and found paraffin with properties similar to those of wax except for its distinct melting point. The first step was to determine the effective heat capacity of the thermos, C,, Octacosane (C28H58 ) is a paraffin with a fusion point of 61oC.