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Thermodynamic question?

  1. Sep 16, 2006 #1
    in carnot cycle isothermal heating at constant pressure cannot be achieved in practice in superheated region why?but in case of raNKINE cycle it can be obtained, WHY?
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  3. Sep 18, 2006 #2


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    Hi abhishek.
    Isothermal heating requires that your working fluid change phase. If the fluid is in the superheated region, it isn't changing phase, so it isn't isothermal. Adding energy to a working fluid in the superheated region results in the temperature increasing.

    Adding heat in the superheated region doesn't change for any cycle. Adding heat to a superheated fluid will increase the fluid's temperature. The Rankine allows fluid to operate in this superheated region. The Carnot cycle does not. This web page shows a Carnot cycle versus a "real" cycle:
    Limitations, primarily on equipment, forces us to work with a "real" cycle (Rankine cycle).
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