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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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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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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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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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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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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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How efficient is the Crookes radiometer?

I remember many years ago, I think at 8th grade, seeing the teacher show us a Crookes radiometer. I remember it being very fascinating. Today I read the wiki article on it, after looking up what it ...
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What variables affect a Heat engine's efficiency? (and more)

I'm writing a Minecraft mod and I'm trying to create the equations for the engines players can build. I'm a highschool sophomore, so my knowledge of physics and mathematics is limited. I asked first a ...
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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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Maximum temperature of an elliptical thermodynamic process

Given a heat engine made from the curve $$V(t)=V_0 +A \cos(\omega t); \qquad P(t)=P_0-B \sin(\omega t).$$ What are the hottest and coldest points of this cycle, and what are the temperatures at those ...
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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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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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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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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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diesel steam engine

Let's imagine a diesel engine's cylinder head would be heated by external means, to some hundred degree celsius, and the fuel would be replaced by water. We've made modifications so that water would'...
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Efficiency of engine in the case non-boundary work done on the system

The engine efficiency is defined as $$\eta = \frac{W_{\mathrm{produced}}}{Q_{\mathrm{absorbed}}}\tag{1}$$ But suppose that, in one of the processes that takes place in the cycle of an engine that ...