A Novel Approach to the Teaching of Thermodynamic Cycles and the Laws of Thermodynamics

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Proceedings of ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2005), 2005, pp. 1 - 9
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This paper outlines a simple particle mechanics model in which a single particle represents the thermodynamic fluid (gas) in a heat engine (exemplified by a piston engine). By mechanics based reasoning the model demonstrates the connection between the Carnot efficiency limitation of heat engines and the Kelvin-Planck statement of Second Law requiring only the truth of the Clausius statement.
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