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Heat Engine - Maximum Efficiency

  1. Apr 9, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A heat engine operates between a reservoir at 25 degrees Celsius and one at 375 degrees Celsius. What is the maximum efficiency possible for this engine?

    2. Relevant equations

    e = [tex]\frac{Qc}{Qh}[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm afraid that the equation above requires units in Joules to calculate thermal efficiency. Is there an equation adapted for this situation? Or does this require more figuring?
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  3. Apr 9, 2009 #2
    Just a little more figuring ;) think of the Carnot cycle ;)
  4. Apr 9, 2009 #3


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    Check your textbook for another efficiency equation, one involving absolute temperatures rather than Q's.
  5. Apr 9, 2009 #4

    Andrew Mason

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    Efficiency is the ratio of Energy (work) out to Energy (heat flow) in. This is not Qc/Qh

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