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Melting Ice with a Carnot Engine

  • #1
A Carnot heat engine uses a hot reservoir consisting of a large amount of boiling water and a cold reservoir consisting of a large tub of ice and water. In 5 minutes of operation of the engine, the heat rejected by the engine melts a mass of ice equal to 3.40×10^−2 kg.
Throughout this problem use L_f = 3.34x10^5 J/kg for the heat of fusion for water.

During this time, how much work W is performed by the engine?

I dont know where to start...any help please?
 

Answers and Replies

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alphysicist
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Hi horsegirl09,

What is the efficiency of this engine? You are able to find a numerical value here.

Once you have that, how is the efficiency related to the work done?
 
  • #3
I still dont see how i can get the efficiency without any temperatures or heat values
 
  • #4
alphysicist
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You do have the temperatures: one reservoir is boiling water and the other reservoir is a mixture of ice and water. What efficiency does that give?
 
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Tc=273 k Th= 373 k
n = 1- (Tc/Th)
n = 1- (273/373)
n = 1-.73
n = .27 or 27%
 
  • #6
n= 1-Tc/Th = W/Qh
how do i get Qh to get W?
 
  • #7
TMM
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You know that the exhaust melts a certain amount of water, so from that you can find the heat lost.
 
  • #8
thanks i got the answer!!
 

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