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Carnot Efficiency vs Rankine Efficiency

  1. Feb 16, 2012 #1

    Given value of top and bottom temperatures can anyone explain why the Ideal Carnot Cycle is more efficient than the Rankine cycle but why the Rankine is the preferred model? I know that in the Carnot the pump would have to be able to deal with a mixture of steam and water and the turbine would have to be able to deal with wet steam (which is obviously not good).

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  3. Feb 16, 2012 #2


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    The Rankine cycle is practicable for the same reasons you stated.

    Carnot cycle also assumes a 100% isentropic turbine, which is not achievable in reality.
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