In this 7-part course, the basics of thermodynamics are discussed in a series of PDF files and Video lectures. The PDF files average 11 pages in outline format and MP4 video lectures average 30 minutes.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW (part 6 of 7):
Thermodynamics’ greatest motivation is in the creation of engines that perform work. There are a multitude of different engines which all vary by the cyclic processes that they perform.
In this sixth chapter, we start by discussing the simplest (and most efficient) theoretical engine known as the Carnot Cycle. The theoretical simplicity of this model is such that it gives an upper limit on the performance of all other engines. We will then present a range of other cycles, from the Otto (diesel) cycle to the Vapor-Compression refrigeration cycle. In all cases, we will clearly identify which processes make up the cycles and how their efficiencies can be determined..
Topics covered include:
1. Carnot Cycle
2. Otto Cycle
3. Diesel Cycle
4. Rankine Cycle
5. Vapor- Compression Refrigeration Cycle
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