# Heat engine and efficiency

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1. Feb 27, 2017

### danyull

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Two identical bodies of constant heat capacity $C_p$ at temperatures $T_1$ and $T_2$ respectively are used as reservoirs for a heat engine. If the bodies remain at constant pressure, show that the amount of work obtainable is $W = C_p (T_1 + T_2 − 2T_f)$, where $T_f$ is the final temperature attained by both bodies. Show that if the most efficient engine is used, then $T_f^2 = T_1T_2$

2. Relevant equations
My professor's hint: "If the most efficient engine is used, then $$\frac{dQ_1}{T_1}+\frac{dQ_2}{T_2}=0."$$

3. The attempt at a solution
I was able to do the first part of the problem by using $dW=dQ_h-dQ_l$ and $dQ=C_pdT.$ I don't know where to start for the second part, and I don't understand how my professor's hint is supposed to be used. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

2. Feb 27, 2017

### kuruman

Integrate your professor's hint and solve for Tf (upper limit).