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Carnot Engine heat delivery

  1. Nov 1, 2014 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A Carnot engine uses a hot reservoir consisting of a large amount of boiling water and a cold reservoir consisting of a large tub of ice and water. When 6437 J of heat is put into the engine and the engine produces work, how many kilograms of ice in the tub are melted due to the heat delivered to the cold reservoir?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Searching online, I found those equations but nothing is working for me.
    With the efficiency, I found:
    And the heat of fusion for water is 3.34E5 J/kg

    What am I missing?
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  3. Nov 1, 2014 #2


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    Given the efficiency and the quantity of heat input, how much work is output? How much heat is left to go into the cold reservoir?
  4. Nov 1, 2014 #3

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    You know T1 and T2 and Q1. Using zero universe entropy change as your criterion you can figure out Q2 and then of course the amount of ice meltred. Assume there is still ice left at T2 when the process ends (T2 is constant = 273K).
  5. Nov 2, 2014 #4


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    Would the work output be the efficiency times the J heat put into the engine?
  6. Nov 2, 2014 #5


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    Aha! I figured it out!
    100-26.8% = 73.2%--of the added energy should be delivered as heat to the cold reservoir.
    m=0.0141 kg ice melted

    Thank you both for helping me!!
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