Carnot cycle


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Carnot cycle

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(General Engineering) an idealized reversible heat-engine cycle giving maximum efficiency and consisting of an isothermal expansion, an adiabatic expansion, an isothermal compression, and an adiabatic compression back to the initial state
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Noun1.Carnot cycle - a cycle (of expansion and compression) of an idealized reversible heat engine that does work without loss of heat
oscillation, cycle - a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon; "a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons"
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R* = ratio of a actual COP to a reverse Carnot cycle COP (-)
As it is impossible to estimate the real processes of the plate's cavity cycle we can only discuss the expected maximum thermal efficiency by using the Carnot cycle.
The thermal efficiency is expressed as a product of the Carnot cycle efficiency and second law efficiency