Compressing air in a compressor-what is the thermodynamics of it?

1. Sep 12, 2008

chhitiz

when we compress air, like, say in a compressor used in i.c. engines, is it an adiabatic process?

2. Sep 12, 2008

stewartcs

If the compressor is well enough insulated or the process happens fast enough to not allow heat transfer between the environment, then yes, it would be an adiabatic compressor.

CS