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Help with Heat Engines

  1. Sep 16, 2009 #1
    1. What is the thermal efficiency for the heat engine shown in the figure?
    What is the heat extracted from the hot reservoir for the heat engine shown in the figure?t


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    2.Wout = 1/2 B*H Also, Qc=Qh-Wout, efficiency: Wout/Qh



    3. Wout = .5 * 200KPA* (400x10^-6m^3). I have no idea how to obtain Qc (cold reservoir) or Qh (hot)
     
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  3. Sep 16, 2009 #2

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    Hi Ravey, welcome to PF. What's the significance of the heat flows marked on the image?
     
  4. Sep 16, 2009 #3
    Thanks!

    I believe that is heat leaving the engine*, but what do I do? Add them? According to some note Qc is the sum of the heat leaving the engine. So I assume so. However, qh is not 280-40 = 240. What's going wrong?
     
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  5. Sep 16, 2009 #4
    Stumped too I see ;)
     
  6. Sep 16, 2009 #5

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    Hint: No energy is stored in the engine from cycle to cycle.
     
  7. Sep 16, 2009 #6
    Got it!


    Qh=Q_c+W_out = 280J + 40J = 320J.

    40/320 = efficiency.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2009 #7

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    Sounds good!
     
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