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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The major reason fuel cells are more efficient than power sources based on combustion, says Charles Anderson, leader of the advanced engineering technology group at LANL, is that fuel cells avoid the Carnot-cycle limitations that come with an intermediate conversion to heat.
Compared to the ideal Carnot-cycle efficiency, which represents the processes in an ideal heat pump or engine, Sunpower's Stirling refrigerator exceeds an efficiency of 50 percent, which is competitive with today's machines.