Reversible Heat Transfer?
Most recent answer: 09/04/2020
- Dare (age 18)
Heat transfer only is reversible in the limit where the temperatures of the two regions are the same. In that limit, the rate of heat transfer goes to zero! The Carnot engine is revsible because it assumes that the heat transfer is "isothermal", which means between regions at the same T. An ideal Carnot engine would take forever to cycle. Real ones have to sacrifice some efficiency to run at reasonable rates.
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(published on 09/04/2020)