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Does a reversible heat engine exchanging heat with an ideal gas that does a transformation imply that transformation is reversible?

Consider a reversible heat engine working between two sources. Suppose that one of the sources is a thermostat, while the other is an ideal gas which follows a transformation and exchanges some heat ...
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Can the efficiency of a thermodynamic cycle be worked out from a pV diagram?

Is it true that a pV diagram of a thermodynamic cycle with a specified scale on both axes is enough to calculate its efficiency (such as the one below)? Is it the area within the shape divided by the ...
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Thermodynamics: efficiency of a heat engine [closed]

How can we calculate efficiency of a real heat engine? Do we have to consider volume of an object while calculating efficiency? Like in this question If so, how we have to proceed? Thanks in ...
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Clausius Inequality with three reservoirs

Deriving Clausius inequality in the case of two reservoirs is quite simple. We assume that there is a thermal machine operating between two reservoirs, the first at temperature $T_1$ and the second at ...
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How is conversion inside heat engines of heat (random motion) to work (organized motion) explained in quantum physics?

When heat engines convert heat into work, they change the random motion of millions of particles into motion in a single direction. What is the phenomenon responsible for this alignment of ...
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How can I get 100% fuel efficiency from an IC Engine in a car?

I understand that the current technology of internal combustion (IC) engines gives about 20% for a normal car. I want to understand what I can do to achieve 100% or near 100% efficiency in the same ...
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Question about reversible heat engine efficiency

I have a question regarding heat engines that cropped up whilst I was doing a practice question. I will summarise the results I obtained for the previous parts of the question so as to save your time. ...
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Why does heat engine need to reject energy to environment?

The most efficient thermodynamics cycle is the Carnot cycle, it involves 1/ Receiving heat from hot source, expanding and doing work on the surround 2/ Receiving work from environment, being ...
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Using thermal expansion for mechanical work

Assume I could heat up a bar with zero heat loss to the environment. I could then use the thermal expansion to do some work, for example compress a gas. Where does the energy needed for the ...
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Expressing thermal efficiency for a closed Brayton cycle in terms of static enthalpies

I have a Brayton cycle made of a compressor (stage 2 to 3), a heat exchanger (stage 3 to 4) and a turbine (stage 4 to 5). The turbine and compressor are connected through a shaft. The cycle is closed ...
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Energy potential of a cold sink inside the sun

An answer in this question discusses using a fusion engine in a theoretical spaceship within a star. http://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/37589/what-are-the-consequences-of-literal-...
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Calculating car engine RPM from inputs [closed]

So I am willing to calculate engine RPM of car. The usual process for doing this in games is: $\omega_\mathrm{e} = \omega_\mathrm{w} * D_\mathrm{k} * g_\mathrm{k} * 60 / 2\pi$ However, this ...
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Are there alternatives to steam in thermal power stations?

'A thermal power station is a power plant in which heat energy is converted to electric power. In most of the world the prime mover is steam driven. Water is heated, turns into steam and spins a steam ...
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Exhaust liquefaction in internal combustion engines

Does an internal combustion engine provide enough efficiency to still deliver mechanical power, if it is forced to liquify it's own exhaust gases by compression? If gas containers would be added to ...
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Self-powered heat exchanger w/energy profit? [closed]

It is possible, considering the laws of physics, to build a heat exchanger that runs on the power it gathers from the environment? A typical heat exchanger uses less power to harvest heat for a ...
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Heat diffusion in a house

I was wondering about this problem (which is NOT homework, it's one of my mental problems due to what surrounds me): supposing I'm in a room, and it's winter. Heating is on, the boiler works and the ...
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What is the best material to use in a solar heater box to convert solar energy into heat energy?

Suppose you want to design a solar heater box with the dimensions: 1 sq meter x 30.48 cm H. 5 sides of the box's interior will be insulated and the interior will be totally black. Ideal glass will be ...
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Why isn't Hydrogen used as fuel in Internal combustion engine?

I was looking at hydrogen cars and found out that hydrogen is mainly used in hydrogen cells to produce electricity instead of combusting it like gasoline in a cylinder to produce heat energy. Why isn'...
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Why do coal power stations not directly use combustion to turn the turbines?

Why do coal power stations run by creating steam rather than from the expansion due to combustion? I understand that in order to generate electricity in a coal power plant, steam is usually produced ...
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Carnot cycle's paradox

Carnot cycle is a reversible cycle. By definition a reversible cycle must have an infinitesimal temperature difference. That means ($T_{high}-T_{low}$) is very very small. Any finite temperature ...
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microturbine heat loss

Would the hot combustion gasses in the millimeter-wide turbine in http://thefutureofthings.com/3063-engine-on-a-chip/ lose heat so quickly that the engine efficiency would be low? The velocity of ...
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Why must the total change in entropy be 0 for a heat cycle to be as efficient as possible?

If $\Delta S_{total}$ were not zero, then heat flow would take place at different temperatures. It is easy to see why this is true by examining the opposite: that when heat flow takes place at the ...
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Ways to increase efficiency of carnot refrigerator and a four stroke engine? [closed]

What are ways to increase the efficiency of a Carnot refrigerator. I remember something about decreasing the temperature but also about something about the flow rate, and fins? Also, for four stroke ...
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How is the efficiency of a heat engine related to the entropy produced during the process?

I'm reading Schroeder's An Introduction to Thermal Physics. Regarding heat engines, it is stated: Unfortunately, only part of the energy absorbed as heat can be converted to work by a heat engine. ...
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Efficiency in a thermodynamic cycle

Question The area on a PV diagram within one thermodynamic cycle of a heat engine is 610J. THe total thermal energy transferred out of the gas in one cycle is 1300J. Determine the efficiency of ...
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Heating up water with a heat pump

Suppose we wish to heat 1 litre of 0°C water up to 50°C during wintertime by using an ideal heat pump (Carnot cycle in "reverse"). We will place this water amount in an initally empty container, in ...
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Why can't the Carnot cycle be used to operate automobiles, if its the most efficient?

Since the cycle proposed by Carnot (consisting of two isothermal and two adiabatic processes) is the most efficient one on which to run a heat engine, why do we use other, less efficient ones (like ...
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Ericsson cycle: what happens if you add more mass?

We recreated the Ericsson cycle using a heat engine apparatus, with air as the working fluid (assumed an ideal gas). During the isothermal compression and isobaric expansion processes, a mass of ...
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More torque or more horsepower? Which engine is more powerful [closed]

Two internal combustion engines : $250\,\mathrm{hp}$ and $900\,\mathrm{Nm}$ torque $770\,\mathrm{hp}$ and $790\,\mathrm{Nm}$ torque Which of the above two engines will be more powerful? P.S. ...
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Questions on Carnot's theorem

This article on Carnot's theorem states that All heat engines between two heat reservoirs are less efficient than a Carnot heat engine operating between the same reservoirs. However, it only ...
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Efficiency of a compressed air engine

I am doing some personal research on the efficiency of compressed air cars. I am currently trying to come up with an 'ideal' cycle to use as a reference for efficiency (c.f. Otto Cycle for petrol cars)...
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How long will pressure exist in this case?

I'm currently fabricating my project, which currently exists only on paper, and there's one question to which I have stumbled today. Suppose, that I have a pressure vessel capable of holding upto ...
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Theoretical efficiency Diesel vs Otto

The efficiency for the otto cycle is defined as: equation 1: $$ n_{otto} = 1 - \frac{T_4-T_1}{T_3-T_2} $$ which can be expressed in terms of the compression ratio: equation 2:$$ n_{otto} = 1 - \...
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COP of Stirling engine

If we consider the theoretical maximum of COP for a heat pump, we will see that it is possible to make it infinite by approaching the temperatures of each source to each other. Yet, in a real engine ...
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Water as heat source in a heat pump

Consider we have water flowing in a pipe, which is working as a hot source for a heat pump. We are able to know the temperature of the water in both ends of the pipe, yet we don't have information ...
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Carnot vs. Otto

Otto cycle is reversible and according to Carnot theorem should have the same efficiency as Carnot $\eta_{Carnot}=1-T_C/T_H$. The efficiency of Otto is $\eta_{Otto}=1-\frac{T_4-T_1}{T_3-T_2}$ (see ...
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Efficiency of a real engine

Can anyone tell me what is wrong with the following argument? Consider a Carnot engine and an engine $X$ whose efficiencies are $\eta_c$ and $\eta_x$ respectively. Let us assume that $\eta_c>\...
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What is the heat sink in an internal combustion engine?

I believe that the heat source is the spark plug because it heats up the fuel-air mixture and that the working substance is the fuel-gas mixture. Then, I know that the explosion created by the fuel ...
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How to heat water at very high temepratures?

I am working on a project and recently came through a situation where I'll be working with water evaporation. On searching the internet I found that water heated at 350Celsius would generate almost ...
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How to move liquid uphill against a thermal gradient, without moving parts

I am looking for a conceptual way of dealing with the following. I am not looking for a set of blueprints. Consider a 5 meter x 10 cm vertical closed tube filled with a substance in the gas and ...
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Efficiency larger than one?

The efficiency of a heat engine is the work we can do divided by the heat we take out of the hot reservoir. This quantity is always $ \le 1$. The efficiency of a heat pump is the heat we can release ...
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How much heat from a fire actually warms your home?

A fire in a hearth disperses heat to, I guess, three places: the bricks of the chimney out the hearth (where the person tending the fire is standing) out the chimney, above the house How would you ...
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Create air stream from heat

We know that heating the air inside a bounded box raises its pressure. And if there is a hole in the box, then air flows out until the pressure inside and outside balances. So in this case we would ...
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Why is the Carnot engine the most efficient?

It seems that the only condition used in proving that the Carnot engine is the most efficient is that it is reversible. More specifically, the Carnot engine can be run in reverse as a refrigerator. ...
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Why does a cooling car engine crackle?

Why does a cooling car engine crackle? What determines the frequency of the crackles?
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Speedy Cooling - Ice based Cooler - Efficient Way

Ice is used in a cooler in order to cool its contents. Which of the following will speed up the process? A) Wrap the ice in a metal foil B) Drain the water from the cooler periodically C) Put the ...
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What is a simple model of internal combustion engine? [closed]

Let's look at an internal combustion engine (more precisely a standard gasoline car engine) as a black box (so without going too much into details about internal processes). The inputs of this system ...
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Problem regarding heat engines [closed]

We have two different set ups: A 200K brick in a 300K environment A 300K brick in a 200K environment From which one of these can you extract more work? Assume equal mass and heat capacity. Using ...
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Efficiency of reversible engines

I'm a little confused about something. All reversible engines have the same efficiency, or one could drive the other to move more heat in the reverse direction. Also, no engine has an efficiency ...