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Carnot engine

  1. Jun 8, 2009 #1
    quick question, is the difference between a carnot engine to an engine is that the engines eff is less than or equal 1-(cold temp / hot temp), and the carnot is the max of this which is just equal 1-(cold temp / hot temp)?
     
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  3. Jun 8, 2009 #2

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    That's about it. This idea is the basis of Carnot's theorem.

    A Carnot engine is essentially a reversible heat engine and since there are no truly reversible heat engines, it therefore follows that a Carnot engine represents the maximum efficiency achievable.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2009 #3
    thanks
     
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