# PART 1

THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS
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PART 1 - THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS
1.A. Background to the Second Law of Thermodynamics
[IAW 23-31 (see IAW for detailed VWB&S references); VN Chapters 2, 3, 4]
1.A.1 Some Properties of Engineering Cycles; Work and Efficiency
As motivation for the development of the second law, we examine two types of processes that
concern interactions between heat and work. The first of these represents the conversion of work
into heat. The second, which is much more useful, concerns the conversion of heat into work. The
question we will pose is how efficient can this conversion be in the two cases.
Figure A-1: Examples of the conversion of work into heat
Three examples of the first process are given above. The first is the pulling of a block on a rough
horizontal surface by a force which moves through some distance. Friction resists the pulling.
After the force has moved through the distance, it is removed. The block then has no kinetic
energy and the same potential energy it had when the force started to act. If we measured the
temperature of the block and the surface we would find that it was higher than when we started.
(High temperatures can be reached if the velocities of pulling are high; this is the basis of inertia
welding.) The work done to move the block has been converted totally to heat.
The second example concerns the stirring of a viscous liquid. There is work associated with the
torque exerted on the shaft turning through an angle. When the stirring stops, the fluid comes to
rest and there is (again) no change in kinetic or potential energy from the initial state. The fluid
and the paddle wheels will be found to be hotter than when we started, however.
The final example is the passage of a current through a resistance. This is a case of electrical work
being converted to heat, indeed it models operation of an electrical heater.
All the examples in Figure A-1 have 100% conversion of work into heat. This 100% conversion
could go on without limit as long as work were supplied. Is this true for the conversion of heat
into work?
To answer the last question, we need to have some basis for judging whether work is done in a
given process. One way to do this is to ask whether we can construct a way that the process could
result in the raising of a weight in a gravitational field. If so, we can say “Work has been done”. It
may sometimes be difficult to make the link between a complicated thermodynamic process and
the simple raising of a weight, but this is a rigorous test for the existence of work.
One example of a process in which heat is converted to work is the isothermal (constant
temperature) expansion of an ideal gas, as sketched in the figure. The system is the gas inside the
chamber. As the gas expands, the piston does work on some external device. For an ideal gas, the
internal energy is a function of temperature only, so that if the temperature is constant for some
process the internal energy change is zero. To keep the temperature constant during the expansion,
i
R
+
-
Viscous liquid
Block on rough surface
Resistive heating
F
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P, T
Q
P
atm
heat must be supplied. Because ∆U = 0, the first
law takes the form Q=W. This is a process that
has 100% conversion of heat into work.
The work exerted by the system is given by
Work = PdV
1
2

where 2 and 1 denote the two states at the
beginning and end of the process. The equation of
state for an ideal gas is
P = NRT/V,
with N the number of moles of the gas contained in the chamber. Using the equation of state, the
expression for work can be written as
Work during an isothermal expansion = NRT dV V /
1
2

= NRTln
V
V
2
1
(
\
|
\
!
|
. (A.1.1)
For an isothermal process, PV = constant, so that P P V V
1 2 2 1
/ / = . The work can be written in terms
of the pressures at the beginning and end as
Work during an isothermal expansion = NRTln
P
P
1
2
(
\
|
\
!
|
. (A.1.2)
The lowest pressure to which we can expand and still receive work from the system is atmospheric
pressure. Below this, we would have to do work on the system to pull the piston out further.
There is thus a bound on the amount of work that can be obtained in the isothermal expansion; we
cannot continue indefinitely. For a power or propulsion system, however, we would like a source
of continuous power, in other words a device that would give power or propulsion as long as fuel
was added to it. To do this, we need a series of processes where the system does not progress
through a one-way transition from an initial state to a different final state, but rather cycles back to
the initial state. What is looked for is in fact a thermodynamic cycle for the system.
We define several quantities for a cycle:
Q
A
is the heat absorbed by the system
Q
R
is the heat rejected by the system
W is the net work done by the system.
The cycle returns to its initial state, so the overall energy change, ∆U, is zero. The net work done
by the system is related to the magnitudes of the heat absorbed and the heat rejected by
W Q Q
A R
= = − Net work .
The thermal efficiency of the cycle is the ratio of the work done to the heat absorbed. (Efficiencies
are often usefully portrayed as “What you get” versus “What you pay for”. Here what we get is
work and what we pay for is heat, or rather the fuel that generates the heat.) In terms of the heat
absorbed and rejected, the thermal efficiency is:
η = thermal efficiency =
Work done
Heat absorbed
=

= −
Q Q
Q
Q
Q
A R
A
R
A
1 . (A.1.3)
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The thermal efficiency can only be 100% (complete conversion of heat into work) if Q
R
= 0, and a
basic question is what is the maximum thermal efficiency for any arbitrary cycle? We examine
this for two cases, the Carnot cycle and the Brayton (or Joule) cycle which is a model for the
power cycle in a jet engine.
1.A.2 Carnot Cycles
A Carnot cycle is shown below. It has four processes. There are two adiabatic reversible legs and
two isothermal reversible legs. We can construct a Carnot cycle with many different systems, but
the concepts can be shown using a familiar working fluid, the ideal gas. The system can be
regarded as a chamber filled with this ideal gas and with a piston.
P
V
Q
1
T
1
T
2
T
2
Q
2
Q
2
T
1
Q
1
a
b
d
c
1
2
4
3
Reservoir Insulating stand Reservoir
Figure A-2: Carnot cycle – thermodynamic diagram on left and schematic of the different stages in
the cycle for a system composed of an ideal gas on the right
The four processes in the Carnot cycle are:
1) The system is at temperature T
2
at state (a). It is brought in contact with a heat reservoir,
which is just a liquid or solid mass of large enough extent such that its temperature does not
change appreciably when some amount of heat is transferred to the system. In other words, the
heat reservoir is a constant temperature source (or receiver) of heat. The system then
undergoes an isothermal expansion from a to b, with heat absorbed Q
2
.
2) At state b, the system is thermally insulated (removed from contact with the heat reservoir) and
then let expand to c. During this expansion the temperature decreases to T
1
. The heat
exchanged during this part of the cycle, Q
bc
= 0.
3) At state c the system is brought in contact with a heat reservoir at temperature T
1
. It is then
compressed to state d, rejecting heat Q
1
in the process.
4) Finally, the system is compressed adiabatically back to the initial state a. The heat exchange
Q
da
= 0.
The thermal efficiency of the cycle is given by the definition
η = − = + 1 1
1
2
Q
Q
Q
Q
R
A
. (A.2.1)
In this equation, there is a sign convention implied. The quantities Q , Q
A R
as defined are the
magnitudes of the heat absorbed and rejected. The quantities Q , Q
1 2
on the other hand are defined
with reference to heat received by the system. In this example, the former is negative and the latter
is positive. The heat absorbed and rejected by the system takes place during isothermal processes
and we already know what their values are from Eq. (A.1.1):
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Q W
ab 2
= =NRT
2
ln V V
b a
/ ( )
| |
Q W
cd 1
= = NRT
1
ln V V
d c
/ ( )
| |
= - ln V V
c d
/ ( )
| |
. ( Q
1
is negative.)
The efficiency can now be written in terms of the volumes at the different states as:
η = +
( )
| |
( )
| |
1
1
2
T V V
T V V
d c
b a
ln
ln
/
/
. (A.2.2)
The path from states b to c and from a to d are both adiabatic and reversible. For a reversible
adiabatic process we know that PV
γ
= constant. Using the ideal gas equation of state, we
have TV
γ −1
= constant. Along curve b-c, therefore T V T V
b c 2
1
1
1 γ γ − −
= . Along the curve d-a,
T V T V
a d 2
1
1
1 γ γ − −
= .
Thus,
V
V
T T
T T
V
V
d
c
a
b
(
\
|
\
!
|
=
( )
( )
(
\
|
\
!
|
− − γ γ 1
2 1
2 1
1
/
/
, which means that
V
V
V
V
d
c
a
b
= , or V V V V
d c a b
/ / = .
Comparing the expression for thermal efficiency Eq. (A.2.1) with Eq. (A.2.2) shows two
consequences. First, the heats received and rejected are related to the temperatures of the
isothermal parts of the cycle by
Q
T
Q
T
1
1
2
2
0 + = . (A.2.3))
Second, the efficiency of a Carnot cycle is given compactly by
η
c
T
T
= − 1
1
2
. Carnot cycle efficiency (A.2.4)
The efficiency can be 100% only if the temperature at which the heat is rejected is zero. The heat
and work transfers to and from the system are shown schematically in Figure A-3.
Q
2
Q
1
T
1
W (net work)
T
2
System
Figure A-3: Work and heat transfers in a Carnot cycle between two heat reservoirs
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Muddy points
Since

η = − 1
T
T
1
2
, looking at the P-V graph, does that mean the farther apart the T1, T2
isotherms are, the greater efficiency? And that if they were very close, it would be very
inefficient? (MP 1A.1)
In the Carnot cycle, why are we only dealing with volume changes and not pressure
changes on the adiabats and isotherms? (MP 1A.2)
Is there a physical application for the Carnot cycle? Can we design a Carnot engine for a
propulsion device? (MP 1A.3)
How do we know which cycles to use as models for real processes? (MP 1A.4)
1.A.3 Brayton Cycles (or Joule Cycles): The Power Cycle for a Gas Turbine Jet Engine
For a Brayton cycle there are two adiabatic legs and two constant pressure legs. Sketches of an
engine and the corresponding cycle are given in Figure A-4.
Turbine and nozzle
Heat rejection
to atmosphere
Inlet and
compressor
Combustor
q
2
P
Compressor exit
P
atm
q
1
d a
P
V
b c
Combustor
Compressor Turbine
Nozzle Inlet
Figure A-4: Sketch of the jet engine components and corresponding thermodynamic states
Gas turbines are also used for power generation and for closed cycle operation (for example for
space power generation). A depiction of the cycle in this case is shown in Figure A-5.
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W
net
3 2
1 4
Equivalent heat transfer
at constant pressure
Equivalent heat transfer
at constant pressure
Turbine
Compressor

W
comp

Q

Q

Figure A-5: Thermodynamic model of gas turbine engine cycle for power generation
The objective now is to find the work done, the heat absorbed, and the thermal efficiency of the
cycle. Tracing the path shown around the cycle from a-b-c-d and back to a, the first law gives
(writing the equation in terms of a unit mass),
∆u q q w
a b c d a − − − −
= = + − 0
2 1
.
The net work done is
w q q = +
2 1
,
where q q
1 2
, are defined as heat received by the system ( q
1
is negative). We thus need to evaluate
the heat transferred in processes b-c and d-a.
For a constant pressure process the heat exchange per unit mass is
dh c dT dq
p
= = , or dq dh
cons t P
| |
=
tan
.
The heat exchange can be expressed in terms of enthalpy differences between the relevant states.
Treating the working fluid as an ideal gas, for the heat addition from the combustor,
q h h c T T
c b p c b 2
= − = − ( ).
The heat rejected is, similarly, q h h c T T
a d p a d 1
= − = − ( ).
The net work per unit mass is given by
Net work per unit mass = q q c T T T T
p c b a d 1 2
+ = − ( ) + − ( )
| |
.
The thermal efficiency of the Brayton cycle can now be expressed in terms of the temperatures:
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η = =
− ( ) − − ( )
| |

| |
Net work
Heat in
c T T T T
c T T
p c b d a
p c b
= −
− ( )
− ( )
= −
− ( )
− ( )
1 1
1
1
T T
T T
T T T
T T T
d a
c b
a d a
b c b
/
/
. (A.3.1)
To proceed further, we need to examine the relationships between the different temperatures. We
know that points a and d are on a constant pressure process as are points b and c,
and P P P P
a d b c
= = ; . The other two legs of the cycle are adiabatic and reversible, so
P
P
P
P
T
T
T
T
d
c
a
b
d
c
a
b
= ==
(
\
|
\
!
|
=
(
\
|
\
!
|
− ( ) − ( )
>
γ γ γ γ / / 1 1
.
Therefore
T
T
T
T
d
c
a
b
= , or, finally,
T
T
T
T
d
a
c
b
= . Using this relation in the expression for thermal
efficiency, Eq. (A.1.3) yields an expression for the thermal efficiency of a Brayton cycle:
Ideal Brayton cycle efficiency:η
B
a
b
T
T
= − 1 (A.3.2)
= − 1
T
T
atmospheric
compressor exit
.
The temperature ratio across the compressor, T T TR
b a
/ = . In terms of compressor temperature
ratio, and using the relation for an adiabatic reversible process we can write the efficiency in terms
of the compressor (and cycle) pressure ratio, which is the parameter commonly used:
η
γ γ
B
TR
PR
= − = −
( )
− ( )
1
1
1
1
1 /
. (A.3.3)
Figure A-6 shows pressures and temperatures through a gas turbine engine (the afterburning J57,
which powers the F-8 and the F-101).
Figure A-6: Gas turbine engine pressures and temperatures
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Equation (A.3.3) says that for a high cycle efficiency, the pressure ratio of the cycle should be
increased. Figure A-7 shows the history of aircraft engine pressure ratio versus entry into service,
and it can be seen that there has been a large increase in cycle pressure ratio. The thermodynamic
concepts apply to the behavior of real aerospace devices!
Figure A-7: Gas turbine engine pressure ratio trends (Jane’s Aeroengines, 1998)
Muddy points
When flow is accelerated in a nozzle, doesn’t that reduce the internal energy of the flow
and therefore the enthalpy? (MP 1A.5)
Why do we say the combustion in a gas turbine engine is constant pressure? (MP 1A.6)
Why is the Brayton cycle less efficient than the Carnot cycle? (MP 1A.7)
If the gas undergoes constant pressure cooling in the exhaust outside the engine, is that
still within the system boundary ? (MP 1A.8)
Does it matter what labels we put on the corners of the cycle or not? (MP 1A.9)
Is the work done in the compressor always equal to the work done in the turbine plus
work out (for a Brayton cyle) ? (MP 1A.10)
1.A.4 Gas Turbine Technology and Thermodynamics
The turbine entry temperature, T
c
, is fixed by materials technology and cost. (If the temperature is
too high, the blades fail.) Figures A-8 and A-9 show the progression of the turbine entry
temperatures in aeroengines. Figure A-8 is from Rolls Royce and Figure A-9 is from
Pratt&Whitney. Note the relation between the gas temperature coming into the turbine blades and
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Figure A-8: Rolls-Royce high temperature Figure A-9: Turbine blade cooling
technology technology [Pratt & Whitney]
For a given level of turbine technology (in other words given maximum temperature) a design
question is what should the compressor TR be? What criterion should be used to decide this?
Maximum thermal efficiency? Maximum work? We examine this issue below.
Figure A-10: Efficiency and work of two Brayton cycle engines
The problem is posed in Figure A-10, which shows two Brayton cycles. For maximum efficiency
we would like TR as high as possible. This means that the compressor exit temperature approaches
the turbine entry temperature. The net work will be less than the heat received; as T T
b c
→ the
heat received approaches zero and so does the net work.
The net work in the cycle can also be expressed as Pdv

, evaluated in traversing the cycle. This is
the area enclosed by the curves, which is seen to approach zero as T T
b c
→ .
V
T = T
atm
= T
a
T = T
c
Cycle with T
b
→ T
c
T
b2
T
b1
P
atm
P
Cycle with lower T
b
Rotor inlet gas
temperature vs Cooling
effectiveness.
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The conclusion from either of these arguments is that a cycle designed for maximum thermal
efficiency is not very useful in that the work (power) we get out of it is zero.
A more useful criterion is that of maximum work per unit mass (maximum power per unit mass
flow). This leads to compact propulsion devices. The work per unit mass is given by:
Work unit mass c T T T T
p c b d a
/ = − ( ) − − ( )
| |
Max. turbine temp. Atmospheric temperature
(Design constraint)
The design variable is the compressor exit temperature, T
b
, and to find the maximum as this is
varied, we differentiate the expression for work with respect to T
b
:
dWork
dT
c
dT
dT
dT
dT
dT
dT
b
p
c
b
d
b
a
b
= − − +
|
|
|
|
|
|
1 .
The first and the fourth term on the right hand side of the above equation are both zero (the turbine
entry temperature is fixed, as is the atmospheric temperature). The maximum work occurs where
the derivative of work with respect to T
b
is zero:
dWork
dT
dT
dT
b
d
b
= = − − 0 1 . (A.4.1)
To use Eq. (A.4.1), we need to relate T and T
d b
. We know that
T
T
T
T
T
T T
T
d
a
c
b
d
a c
b
= = or .
Hence,
dT
dT
T T
T
d
b
a c
b
=

2
.
Plugging this expression for the derivative into Eq. (A.4.1) gives the compressor exit temperature
for maximum work as T T T
b a c
= . In terms of temperature ratio,
Compressor temperature ratio for maximum work:
T
T
T
T
b
a
c
a
= .
The condition for maximum work in a Brayton cycle is different than that for maximum efficiency.
The role of the temperature ratio can be seen if we examine the work per unit mass which is
delivered at this condition:
Work unit mass c T T T
T T
T T
T
p c a c
a c
a c
a
/ = − − +
|
|
|
|
|
|
.
Ratioing all temperatures to the engine inlet temperature,
Work unit mass c T
T
T
T
T
p a
c
a
c
a
/ = − +
|
|
|
|
|
|
2 1 .
To find the power the engine can produce, we need to multiply the work per unit mass by the mass
flow rate:
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Power mc T
T
T
T
T
p a
c
a
c
a
= − +
|
|
|
|
|
|

2 1 ; Maximum power for an ideal Brayton cycle (A.4.2)
(The units are
kg
s
J
kg- K
K =
J
s
= Watts.)
a) Gas turbine engine core b) Core power vs. turbine entry temperature
Figure A-11: Aeroengine core power [Koff/Meese, 1995]
Figure A-11 shows the expression for power of an ideal cycle compared with data from actual jet
engines. Figure 11a shows the gas turbine engine layout including the core (compressor, burner,
and turbine). Figure 11b shows the core power for a number of different engines as a function of
the turbine rotor entry temperature. The equation in the figure for horsepower (HP) is the same as
that we just derived, except for the conversion factors. The analysis not only shows the qualitative
trend very well but captures much of the quantitative behavior too.
A final comment (for now) on Brayton cycles concerns the value of the thermal efficiency. The
Brayton cycle thermal efficiency contains the ratio of the compressor exit temperature to
atmospheric temperature, so that the ratio is not based on the highest temperature in the cycle, as
the Carnot efficiency is. For a given maximum cycle temperature, the Brayton cycle is therefore
less efficient than a Carnot cycle.
Muddy points
What are the units of w in

power mw =

? (MP 1A.11)
Precision about the assumptions made in the Brayton cycle for maximum efficiency and
maximum work (MP 1A.12)
You said that for a gas turbine engine modeled as a Brayton cycle the work done is
w=q
1
+q
2
, where q
2
is the heat added and q
1
is the heat rejected. Does this suggest that the
work that you get out of the engine doesn't depend on how good your compressor and
turbine are?…since the compression and expansion were modeled as adiabatic. (MP
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1.A.5 Refrigerators and Heat Pumps
The Carnot cycle has been used for power, but we can also run it in reverse. If so, there is now net
work into the system and net heat out of the system. There will be a quantity of heat Q
2
rejected at
the higher temperature and a quantity of heat Q
1
absorbed at the lower temperature. The former of
Figures A-11a. and A-11b. available from:

B.L. Koff Spanning the Globe with Jet Propulsion AIAA Paper 2987, AIAA
Annual Meeting and Exhibit, 1991.

C. E. Meece, Gas Turbine Technologies of the Future, International
Symposium on Air Breathing Engines, 1995, paper 95-7006.
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these is negative according to our convention and the latter is positive. The result is that work is
done on the system, heat is extracted from a low temperature source and rejected to a high
temperature source. The words “low” and “high” are relative and the low temperature source
might be a crowded classroom on a hot day, with the heat extraction being used to cool the room.
The cycle and the heat and work transfers are indicated in Figure A-12. In this mode of operation
P
d
a
b
c
V
Q
2
Q
1
T
1
W
T
2
System
Figure A-12: Operation of a Carnot refrigerator
the cycle works as a refrigerator or heat pump. “What we pay for” is the work, and “what we get”
is the amount of heat extracted. A metric for devices of this type is the coefficient of performance,
defined as
Coefficient of performance =
Q
W
Q
Q Q
1 1
1 2
=
+
.
For a Carnot cycle we know the ratios of heat in to heat out when the cycle is run forward and,
since the cycle is reversible, these ratios are the same when the cycle is run in reverse. The
coefficient of performance is thus given in terms of the absolute temperatures as
Coefficient of performance =

T
T T
1
2 1
.
This can be much larger than unity.
The Carnot cycles that have been drawn are based on ideal gas behavior. For different working
media, however, they will look different. We will see an example when we discuss two-phase
situations. What is the same whatever the medium is the efficiency for all Carnot cycles operating
between the same two temperatures.
Muddy points
Would it be practical to run a Brayton cycle in reverse and use it as rerigerator? (MP
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1.A.6 Reversibility and Irreversibility in Natural Processes
We wish to characterize the “direction” of natural processes; there is a basic
“directionality” in nature. We start by examining a flywheel in a fluid filled insulated enclosure as
shown in Figure A-13.
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State A: flywheel spinning,
system cool
State B: flywheel stationary
Figure A-13: Flywheel in insulated enclosure at initial and final states
A question to be asked is whether we could start with state B and then let events proceed to state
A? Why or why not? The first law does not prohibit this.
The characteristics of state A are that the energy is in an organized form, the molecules in
the flywheel have some circular motion, and we could extract some work by using the flywheel
kinetic energy to lift a weight. In state B, in contrast, the energy is associated with disorganized
motion on a molecular scale. The temperature of the fluid and flywheel are higher than in state A,
so we could probably get some work out by using a Carnot cycle, but it would be much less than
the work we could extract in state A. There is a qualitative difference between these states, which
we need to be able to describe more precisely.
Muddy points
Why is the ability to do work decreased in B? How do we know? (MP 1A.15)
Another example is a system composed of many bricks, half at a high temperature T
H
and half at a
low temperature T
L
(see IAW p. 42). With the bricks separated thermally, we have the ability to
obtain work by running a cycle between the two temperatures. Suppose we put two bricks
together. Using the first law we can write
CT CT CT
H L M
+ = 2 .
T T T
H L M
+ ( ) = / 2
where C is the “heat capacity” = ∆ ∆ Q T / . (For solids the heat capacities (specific heats) at
constant pressure and constant volume are essentially the same.) We have lost the ability to get
work out of these two bricks.
Can we restore the system to the original state without contact with the outside? The answer is no.
Can we restore the system to the original state with contact with the outside? The answer is yes.
We could run a refrigerator to take heat out of one brick and put it into the other, but we would
have to do work.
We can think of the overall process involving the system (the two bricks in an insulated setting)
and the surroundings (the rest of the universe) as:
System is changed
Surroundings are unchanged.
The composite system (system and the surroundings) is changed by putting the bricks together.
The process is not reversible—there is no way to undo the change and leave no mark on the
surroundings.
1A-14
V
1
, T
1
Vacuum
What is the measure of change in the surroundings?
a) Energy? This is conserved.
b) Ability to do work? This is decreased.
The measurement and characterization of this type of changes is the subject of the second law of
thermodynamics.
1.A.7 Difference between Free Expansion of a Gas and Reversible Isothermal Expansion
The difference between reversible and irreversible processes is brought out through
examination of the isothermal expansion of an ideal gas. The question to be asked is what is the
difference between the “free expansion” of a gas and the isothermal expansion against a piston?
To answer this, we address the steps that we would have to take to reverse, in other words, to undo
the process.
By free expansion, we mean the unrestrained
expansion of a gas into a volume as shown at the right.
Initially all the gas is in the volume designated as V
1
with the
rest of the insulated enclosure a vacuum. The total volume
( V
1
plus the evacuated volume) is V
2
.
At a given time a hole is opened in the partition
and the gas rushes through to fill the rest of the enclosure.
During the expansion there is no work exchanged with the surroundings because there is no
motion of the boundaries. The enclosure is insulated so there is no heat exchange. The first law
tells us therefore that the internal energy is constant ( ∆U = 0). For an ideal gas, the internal
energy is a function of temperature only so that the temperature of the gas before the free
expansion and after the expansion has been completed is the same. Characterizing the before and
after states;
Before: State 1, V V T T =
1 1
, =
After: State 2, V V T T =
2 1
, = .
Q=W=0, so there is no change in the surroundings.
To restore the original state, i.e., to go back to the original volume at the same temperature
V V T T
2 1 1
→ ( ) at constant = we can compress the gas isothermally (using work from an external
agency). We can do this in a quasi-equilibrium manner, with P P
system external
≈ . If so the work that
we need to do is W PdV =

1
2
. We have evaluated the work in a reversible isothermal expansion
(Eq. A.1.1), and we can apply the arguments to the case of a reversible isothermal compression.
The work done on the system to go from state “2” to state “1” is
W = Work done on system = NRT
V
V
1
2
1
ln
(
\
|
\
!
|
.
From the first law, this amount of heat must also be rejected from the gas to the surroundings if the
temperature of the gas is to remain constant. A schematic of the compression process, in terms of
heat and work exchanged is shown in Figure A-14.
1A-15
Weight
Block
g
System
W
Q
Q
P, T
System
W (work in)
Q (heat out)
Figure A-14: Work and heat exchange in the reversible isothermal compression process
At the end of the combined process (free expansion plus reversible compression):
a) The system has been returned to its initial state (no change in system state).
b) The surroundings (us!) did work on the system of magnitude W.
c) The surroundings received an amount of heat, Q, which is equal to W.
d) The sum of all of these events is that we have converted an
amount of work, W, into an amount of heat, Q, with W and Q numerically equal in Joules.
The net effect is the same as if we let a weight fall
and pull a block along a rough surface, as at right.
There is 100% conversion of work into heat.
The results of the free expansion can be contrasted against a process of isothermal expansion
against a pressure dP which is slightly different than that of the system, as shown below.
Figure A-15: Work and heat transfer in reversible isothermal expansion
1A-16
During the expansion, work is done on the surroundings of magnitudeW PdV =

, where P can be
taken as the system pressure. As evaluated in Eq. (A.1.1), the magnitude of the work done by the
system is W=NRT
V
V
1
2
1
ln
(
\
|
\
!
|
. At the end of the isothermal expansion, therefore:
a) The surroundings have received work W
b) The surroundings have given up heat, Q, numerically equal to W.
We now wish to restore the system to its initial state, just as we did in the free expansion. To do
this we need to do work on the system and extract heat from the system, just as in the free
expansion. In fact, because we are doing a transition between the same states along the same path,
the work and heat exchange are the same as those for the compression process examined just
above.
The overall result when we have restored the system to the initial state, however, is quite different
for the reversible expansion and for the free expansion. For the reversible expansion, the work we
need to do on the system to compress it has the same magnitude as the work we received during
the expansion process. Indeed, we could raise a weight during the expansion and then allow it to
be lowered during the compression process. Similarly the heat put into the system by us (the
surroundings) during the expansion process has the same magnitude as the heat received by us
during the compression process. The result is that when the system has been restored back to its
initial state, so have the surroundings. There is no trace of the overall process on either the system
or the surroundings. That is another meaning of the word “reversible”.
Muddy points
With the isothermal reversible expansion is
P
external
constant? If so, how can we have

P P
system external

? (MP 1A.16)
Why is the work done equal to zero in the free expansion? (MP 1A.17)
Is irreversibility defined by whether or not a mark is left on the outside environment?
(MP 1A.18)
1.A.8 Features of reversible processes
Reversible processes are idealizations or models of real processes. One familiar, and widely used,
example is Bernoulli’s equation, which you saw last year. They are extremely useful for defining
limits to system or device behavior, for enabling identification of areas in which inefficiencies
occur, and in giving targets for design.
An important feature of a reversible process is that, depending on the process, it represents the
maximum work that can be extracted in going from one state to another, or the minimum work that
is needed to create the state change. This is shown clearly in the discussion on page 46 of the
Waitz notes. Said differently:
The work done by a system during a reversible process is the maximum work we can get.
The work done on a system in a reversible process is the minimum work we need to do to
achieve that state change.
A process must be quasi-static (quasi-equilibrium) to be reversible. This means that the
following effects must be absent or negligible.
1) Friction
If P P
external system
≠ , as shown in (8) of Part 0, we would have to do work to bring the system
from one volume to another and return it to the initial condition. [Review (8) of Part 0]
1A-17
2) Free (unrestrained) expansion
3) Heat transfer through a finite temperature difference.
Q
2
Q
1
Q
1
= Q
2
T
1
T
2
System
Figure A-16: Heat transfer across a finite temperature difference
Suppose we have heat transfer from a high temperature to a lower temperature as shown
above. How do we restore the situation to the initial conditions? One thought would be to run a
Carnot refrigerator to get an amount of heat, Q, from the lower temperature reservoir to the higher
temperature reservoir. We could do this but the surroundings, again us, would need to provide
some amount of work (which we could find using our analysis of the Carnot refrigerator). The net
(and only) result at the end of the combined process would be a conversion of an amount of work
into heat. For reversible heat transfer from a heat reservoir to a system, the temperatures of the
system and the reservoir must be T T dT
heat reservoir system
= - . In other words the difference between
the temperatures of the two entities involved in the heat transfer process can only differ by an
infinitesimal amount, dT.
All natural processes are irreversible to some extent, and reversible processes are idealized models.
In natural processes, the conditions for mechanical, thermal, and chemical equilibrium may not be
satisfied. In addition, dissipative effects (viscosity, friction) exist. Reversible processes are quasi-
equilibrium, with no dissipative effects. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that there are a
number of engineering situations where the effect of irreversibility can be neglected and the
reversible process furnishes an excellent approximation to reality.
The second law, which is the next topic we address, allows us to make a quantitative statement
concerning the irreversibility of a given physical process.
Figure A-17: this is Nicolas Sadi Carnot (1796-1832), an engineer and an officer in the French army.
Carnot’s work is all the more remarkable because it was made without benefit of the first law, which
was not discovered until 30 years later. [Atkins, The Second Law].
painted by Louis Leopold Boilly,
1813.
1A-18
Muddy points
Is heat transfer across a finite temperature difference only irreversible if no device is
present between the two to harvest the potential difference ? (MP 1A.19)
Muddiest Points on Part 1A
1A.1 Since h = 1 – T
1
/T
2
, looking at the P-V graph, does that mean the farther apart the
T
1
, T
2
isotherms are, the greater the efficiency? And that if they were very close, it
would be very inefficient?
This is correct. However, there is a limit on the maximum achievable efficiency. We
cannot convert the absorbed heat into 100% work, that is, we always must reject some
amount of heat. The amount of heat we must reject is
Q
R
= - T
1
/T
2
*Q
A
(see notes for derivation).
Thus for given values of T
2
and Q
A
, Q
R
depends only on the temperature of the cold
reservoir T
1
, which is limited by the temperatures naturally available to us. These
temperatures are all well above absolute zero, and there are no means to reduce Q
R
to
negligible values. The consequence of this is that the Carnot cycle efficiency cannot
approach one (η = 1 only if Q
R
= 0, which is not possible).
1A.2 In the Carnot cycle, why are we only dealing with volume changes and not pressure
changes on the adiabats and isotherms?
We are not neglecting the pressure terms and we are also dealing with pressure changes.
On the adiabats we know that dq = 0 (adiabatic process), so that for reversible processes
we can write the first law as du = -Pdv and, using enthalpy, also as dh = vdP. With dh =
c
p
dT and du = c
v
dT for an ideal gas, we can write the ratio of dh/du as
dh/du = c
p
/c
v
= γ = -(v dP) / ( Pdv).
By arranging terms we obtain
dP/P = -γ dv/v.
For a process we can integrate from 1 to 2 and get P
2
v
2
γ
= P
1
v
1
γ
, or Pv
γ
= const. This
relation shows how pressure and volume changes are related to one another during an
During an isothermal process, the temperature stays constant. Using the equation of state
for an ideal gas Pv = RT, we find that Pv = const on an isotherm. Again, this relation tells
us how pressure changes are related to volume changes during an isothermal process.
Note that in the P-V diagram, adiabats (Pv
γ
= constant) are steeper curves than isotherms
(Pv = constant).
1A.3 Is there a physical application for the Carnot cycle? Can we design a Carnot engine
for a propulsion device?
We will see that Carnot cycles are the best we can do in terms of efficiency. A constant
temperature heat transfer process is, however, difficult to attain in practice for devices in
which high rates of power are required. The main role of the Carnot engine is therefore as
a standard against which all other cycles are compared and which shows us the direction
in which design of efficient cycles should go.
1A.4 How do we know which cycles to use as models for real processes?
We have discussed this briefly for the Brayton cycle, in that we looked at the
approximation that was made in saying heat addition occurred at constant pressure. You
can also see that the Carnot cycle is not a good descriptor of a gas turbine engine! We
will look further at this general point, not only for the Brayton cycle, but also for the
Rankine cycle and for some internal combustion engine cycles. I will try to make clear
what are the approximations and why the cycle under study is being used as a model.
1A.5 When flow is accelerated in a nozzle, doesn't that reduce the internal energy of the
flow and therefore the enthalpy?
Indeed both enthalpy and internal energy are reduced. The stagnation enthalpy is the
quantity that is constant.
1A.6 Why do we say that the combustion in a gas turbine engine is at constant
pressure?
This is an approximation, and a key question is indeed how accurate it is and what the
justification is. The pressure change in the combustor can be analyzed using the 1-
dimensional compressible flow equations. The momentum equation is
dP cdc = −ρ , where c is the velocity.
If we divide both sides by P, we obtain:
dP
P
c
P/
dc
c
c
a
dc
c
M
dc
c
2 2
2
2
= − = − = −
γ
γ ρ
γ
γ ,
where a is the speed of sound and M is the Mach number.
Changes in velocity are due to changes in density and in flow-through area, as given by
the 1-dimensional continuity equation
Hence
Differentiating,
ρca = constant
ln ln ln ρ + + = c a constant
d dc
c
dA
A
0, or
dc
c
dA
A
d ρ
ρ
ρ
ρ
+ + = = − −
Velocity changes are therefore related to area changes (geometry) and density changes
(basically heat input). For a gas turbine combustion process the change in density is
comparable with (a significant fraction of) the initial density and the area change is
several times the initial area. This means that the change in velocity divided by the initial
velocity is roughly of the order of magnitude of unity. The momentum equation thus tells
us that for small Mach number (say 0.1) the ratio dP/P will be much less than one, so that
the pressure can be approximated as constant. In reality the pressure does drop in the
combustor, but the overall drop from inlet to exit is about 3-4%, small compared to the
initial level of pressure, so that the approximation of constant pressure is a useful one.
The rapidity of the combustion process does not really have anything to do with this
approximation. We could have a process, such as a nozzle, in which there was
combustion at the same time that the pressure was dropping. As seen from the
momentum equation, the heat addition does not "directly" affect the pressure - changes in
pressure are associated with changes in velocity.
1A.7 Why is the Brayton cycle less efficient than the Carnot cycle?
Consider the Brayton cycle and the corresponding work done as being approximated by a
number of elementary Carnot cycles, as shown by the dashed lines in Figure 1. All of
these Carnot cycles have the same pressure ratio, thus the same temperature ratio, and
thus the same efficiency. The temperature ratio that figures into the efficiency of the
elementary Carnot cycles is the inlet temperature divided by the compressor exit
temperature, not the maximum cycle temperature, which is at the combustor exit. The
basic reason for the lower efficiency is that heat is absorbed at an average temperature
that is lower than the maximum temperature and rejected at an average temperature
higher than the minimum temperature. We will come back to this important point (which
has implications for all cycles), but if you cannot wait, see Section 1-C of the notes.
Figure 1 - Brayton cycle considered as a number of elementary Carnot cycles, all having
the same pressure ratio and therefore the same temperature ratio, which is lower than the
overall cycle temperature ratio,
P
v
Brayton cycle (solid line)
Elementary Carnot Cycle
(dashed lines)
T
max
/ .
min
T
1A.8 If the gas undergoes constant pressure cooling in the exhaust outside the engine,
is that still within the system boundary?
When we analyze the state changes as we trace them around the cycle, we are viewing
the changes in a system, a mass of fixed identity. Thus we follow the mass as it moves
through the device and the cooling of the gas outside the engine is happening to our
system.
1A.9 Does it matter what labels we put on the corners of the cycle or not?
It does not matter what labels we use on the corners of the cycle. A cycle is a series of
processes. Independent of where you start in the cycle, it always brings you back to the
state where you started.
1A.10 Is the work done in the compressor always equal to the work done in the turbine
plus work out (for a Brayton cyle)?
NO. The work done in the compressor plus net work out equals the total turbine work.
Using the 1
st
law, the net work we get out of the Brayton cycle is
w = q
2
+ q
1
= c
p
[(T
a
– T
d
) + (T
c
– T
b
)]
(see notes for details). Rearranging the temperatures we can also write
w = c
p
[(T
c
– T
d
) – (T
b
– T
a
)] = Dh
turbine
– Dh
compressor
.
Thus the net work is the difference between the enthalpy drop across the turbine (we get
work from the turbine) and the enthalpy rise through the compressor (we have to supply
work to the compressor).
1A.11 What are the units of w in power mw =

?
The units of power are J/s (kJ/s, MJ/s) or Watts (kW, MW). The mass flow is kg/s. The
units of w, work per unit mass, are thus J/kg. For the aeroengine, we can think of a given
diameter (frontal area) as implying a given mass flow (think of a given Mach number and
hence a given ratio of flow to choked flow). If so, for a given fan diameter power scales
directly as work per unit mass.
1A.12 Precision about the assumptions made in the Brayton cycle for maximum
efficiency and maximum work
We have first derived a general expression for the thermal efficiency of an ideal Brayton
cycle (see Equation A.3.3 in your notes). The assumptions we made for the cycle were
that both the compressor and turbine are ideal, such that they can be modeled adiabatic
and reversible. We then looked at possible ideal Brayton cycles that would yield (A)
maximum efficiency and (B) maximum work, keeping the assumptions of an ideal cycle
(the assumptions of adiabatic and reversible compression and expansion stem from the
choice of an ideal cycle). One way to construct an ideal Brayton cycle in the P-V
diagram is to choose the inlet temperature T
a
and inlet pressure P
a
, the compressor
pressure ratio P
b
/P
a
or temperature ratio T
b
/T
a
, and the turbine inlet temperature T
c
. Apart
from setting the inlet conditions (these mainly depend on the flight altitude and Mach
number and the day), we decided to fix the turbine inlet temperature (fixed by material
technology or cost). So the only two "floating" cycle parameters that remain to be defined
are the compressor exit temperature T
b
and the turbine exit temperature T
d
. Looking at
equation A.3.3 we know that the higher the compressor temperature ratio T
b
/T
a
the higher
the thermal efficiency. So, for (A) maximum efficiency we would chose the compressor
exit temperature as high as possible, that is in the limit T
b
= T
c
. Constructing this cycle in
the P-V diagram and letting T
b
approach T
c
shows that the area enclosed by the cycle, or
in other words the net work, becomes zero. Thus a cycle constructed under the given inlet
conditions and constraints on T
c
is not very useful because we don't get any work out of
it.
For the derivation of T
b
for maximum work (keeping T
c
fixed as above), see notes for
details.
1A.13 You said that for a gas turbine engine modeled as a Brayton cycle the work done
is w=q
1
+q
2
, where q
2
is the heat added and q
1
is the heat rejected. Does this
suggest that the work that you get out of the engine doesn't depend on how good
your compressor and turbine are?…since the compression and expansion were
Using the 1
st
law, the net work we get out of the cycle is
w = q
2
+ q
1
= c
p
[(T
a
– T
d
) + (T
c
– T
b
)]
(see notes for details). Rearranging the temperatures we can also write
w = c
p
[(T
c
– T
d
) – (T
b
– T
a
)] = ∆h
turbine
– ∆h
compressor
.
Thus the net work is the difference between the enthalpy drop across the turbine (we get
work from the turbine) and the enthalpy rise through the compressor (we have to supply
work to the compressor, this is done through the drive shaft that connects turbine and
compressor).
In class we analyzed an ideal Brayton cycle with the assumptions of adiabatic reversible
compression and expansion processes, meaning that the work done by the turbine is the
maximum work we can get from the given turbine (operating between T
c
and T
d
), and
the work needed to drive the given compressor is the minimum work required. In the
assumptions the emphasis is put on reversible rather than adiabatic. For real engines the
assumption of adiabatic flow through the compressor and turbine still holds. This is an
approximation – the surface inside the compressor or turbine where heat can be
transferred is much smaller than the mass flow of the fluid moving through the machine
so that the heat transfer is negligible – we will discuss the different concepts of heat
transfer later in class. However the compression and expansion processes in real engines
are irreversible due to non-ideal behavior and loss mechanisms occurring in the
turbomachinery flow. Thus the thermal efficiency and work for a real jet engine with
losses depend on the component efficiencies of turbine and compressor and are less than
for an ideal jet engine. We will discuss these component efficiencies in more detail in
class.
1A.14 Would it be practical to run a Brayton cycle in reverse and use it as rerigerator?
Yes. In fact people in Cryogenics use reversed Brayton cycles to cool down systems
where very low temperatures are required (e.g. space applications, liquefaction of
propellants). One major difference between a regular Brayton cycle (such as a jet-engine
or a gas-turbine) and a reversed Brayton cycle is the working fluid. In order to make a
reversed Brayton cycle practical we have to choose a working fluid that is appropriate for
the application.
Extremely low temperatures can be achieved when using a regenerator – a heat
exchanger that preheats the fluid before it enters the compressor and cools the fluid
further down before it enters the turbine. In this configuration the fluid is expanded to
much lower temperatures, and more heat can be absorbed from the cooling compartment.
1A.15 Why is the ability to do work decreased in B? How do we know?
In state A, the energy is in organized form and the molecules move along circular paths
around the spinning flywheel. We could get work out this system by using all of the
kinetic energy of the flywheel and for example lift a weight with it. The energy of the
system in state B (flywheel not spinning) is associated with disorganized motion (on the
molecular scale). The temperature in state B is higher than in state A. We could also
extract work from state B by running for example an ideal Carnot cycle between T
B
and
some heat reservoir at lower temperature. However the work we would get from this
ideal Carnot cycle is less than the work we get from state A (all of the kinetic energy),
because we must reject some heat when we convert heat into work (we cannot convert
heat into 100% work). Although the energy of the system in state A is the same as in state
B (we know this from 1
st
law) the "organization" of the energy is different, and thus the
ability to do work is different.
1A.16 With the isothermal reversible expansion, is P
external
constant? If so, how can we
have P
system
≅P
external
?
For a reversible process, if the external pressure were constant, there would need to be a
force that pushed on the piston so the process could be considered quasi-equilibrium.
This force could be us, it could be a system of weights, or it could be any other work
receiver. Under these conditions the system pressure would not necessarily be near the
external pressure but we would have P P
F
A
system external
piston
≅ +

. We can of course
think of a situation in which the external pressure was varied so it was always close to the
system pressure, but that is not necessary.
1A.17 Why is the work done equal to zero in the free expansion?
In this problem, the system is everything inside the rigid container. There is no change in
volume, no “dV”, so no work done on the surroundings. Pieces of the gas might be
expanding, pushing on other parts of the gas, and doing work locally inside the container
(and other pieces might be compressed and thus receive work) during the free expansion
process, but we are considering the system as a whole, and there is no net work done.
1A.18 Is irreversibility defined by whether or not a mark is left on the outside
environment?
A process is irreversible when there is no way to undo the change without leaving a mark
on the surroundings or "the rest of the universe". In the example with the bricks, we could
undo the change by putting a Carnot refrigerator between the bricks (both at T
M
after
putting them together) and cooling one brick down to T
L
and heating the other brick to T
H
to restore the initial state. To do this we have to supply work to the refrigerator and we
will also reject some heat to the surroundings. Thus we leave a mark on the environment
and the process is irreversible.
1A.19 Is heat transfer across a finite temperature difference only irreversible if no device
is present between the two to harvest the potential difference?
If we have two heat reservoirs at different temperatures, the irreversibility associated with
the transfer of heat from one to the other is indeed dependent on what is between them.
If there is a copper bar between them, all the heat that comes out of the high temperature
reservoir goes into the low temperature reservoir, with the result given in Section 1.B.5.
If there were a Carnot cycle between them, some (not all ) heat from the high temperature
reservoir would be passed on to the low temperature reservoir, the process would be
reversible, and work would be done. The extent to which the process is irreversible for
any device can be assessed by computing the total entropy change (device plus
surroundings) associated with the heat transfer.

PART 1 - THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS 1.A. Background to the Second Law of Thermodynamics [IAW 23-31 (see IAW for detailed VWB&S references); VN Chapters 2, 3, 4] 1.A.1 Some Properties of Engineering Cycles; Work and Efficiency As motivation for the development of the second law, we examine two types of processes that concern interactions between heat and work. The first of these represents the conversion of work into heat. The second, which is much more useful, concerns the conversion of heat into work. The question we will pose is how efficient can this conversion be in the two cases. i F + Block on rough surface Viscous liquid Resistive heating R

Figure A-1: Examples of the conversion of work into heat Three examples of the first process are given above. The first is the pulling of a block on a rough horizontal surface by a force which moves through some distance. Friction resists the pulling. After the force has moved through the distance, it is removed. The block then has no kinetic energy and the same potential energy it had when the force started to act. If we measured the temperature of the block and the surface we would find that it was higher than when we started. (High temperatures can be reached if the velocities of pulling are high; this is the basis of inertia welding.) The work done to move the block has been converted totally to heat. The second example concerns the stirring of a viscous liquid. There is work associated with the torque exerted on the shaft turning through an angle. When the stirring stops, the fluid comes to rest and there is (again) no change in kinetic or potential energy from the initial state. The fluid and the paddle wheels will be found to be hotter than when we started, however. The final example is the passage of a current through a resistance. This is a case of electrical work being converted to heat, indeed it models operation of an electrical heater. All the examples in Figure A-1 have 100% conversion of work into heat. This 100% conversion could go on without limit as long as work were supplied. Is this true for the conversion of heat into work? To answer the last question, we need to have some basis for judging whether work is done in a given process. One way to do this is to ask whether we can construct a way that the process could result in the raising of a weight in a gravitational field. If so, we can say “Work has been done”. It may sometimes be difficult to make the link between a complicated thermodynamic process and the simple raising of a weight, but this is a rigorous test for the existence of work. One example of a process in which heat is converted to work is the isothermal (constant temperature) expansion of an ideal gas, as sketched in the figure. The system is the gas inside the chamber. As the gas expands, the piston does work on some external device. For an ideal gas, the internal energy is a function of temperature only, so that if the temperature is constant for some process the internal energy change is zero. To keep the temperature constant during the expansion, 1A-1

we cannot continue indefinitely.1) Work during an isothermal expansion = NRT ∫ dV / V = NRT ln 2  . T Patm Work received. (Efficiencies are often usefully portrayed as “What you get” versus “What you pay for”. The thermal efficiency of the cycle is the ratio of the work done to the heat absorbed. For a power or propulsion system. the expression for work can be written as 2 V  (A.  V1  1 For an isothermal process. (A. or rather the fuel that generates the heat. we would like a source of continuous power. We define several quantities for a cycle: QA is the heat absorbed by the system QR is the heat rejected by the system W is the net work done by the system.2)  P2  The lowest pressure to which we can expand and still receive work from the system is atmospheric pressure. Because ∆U = 0.3) 1A-2 . is zero. Using the equation of state. To do this. What is looked for is in fact a thermodynamic cycle for the system. but rather cycles back to the initial state. PV = constant.1. we would have to do work on the system to pull the piston out further.) In terms of the heat absorbed and rejected. the thermal efficiency is: η = thermal efficiency = = QA − QR Q = 1− R . The net work done by the system is related to the magnitudes of the heat absorbed and the heat rejected by W = Net work = QA − QR . This is a process that has 100% conversion of heat into work. we need a series of processes where the system does not progress through a one-way transition from an initial state to a different final state. There is thus a bound on the amount of work that can be obtained in the isothermal expansion. Q with N the number of moles of the gas contained in the chamber.1.1. W where 2 and 1 denote the two states at the beginning and end of the process. so the overall energy change.heat must be supplied. in other words a device that would give power or propulsion as long as fuel was added to it. QA QA Work done Heat absorbed (A. the first law takes the form Q=W. The equation of state for an ideal gas is P = NRT/V. so that P / P2 = V2 / V1 . however. ∆U . Below this. The cycle returns to its initial state. The work can be written in terms 1 of the pressures at the beginning and end as P Work during an isothermal expansion = NRT ln 1  . Here what we get is work and what we pay for is heat. The work exerted by the system is given by Work = ∫ PdV 1 2 P.

The quantities Q1. It is brought in contact with a heat reservoir. The heat exchanged during this part of the cycle. We can construct a Carnot cycle with many different systems.1. Qbc = 0. 1. the system is thermally insulated (removed from contact with the heat reservoir) and then let expand to c. (A. the former is negative and the latter is positive. 4) Finally. The thermal efficiency of the cycle is given by the definition η = 1− QR Q = 1+ 1 .2. and a basic question is what is the maximum thermal efficiency for any arbitrary cycle? We examine this for two cases.1) In this equation. with heat absorbed Q2 . It is then compressed to state d. QA Q2 (A. The system then undergoes an isothermal expansion from a to b. a 3 Q2 1 b 2 4 P d Q1 T2 c T1 T2 Q2 T1 Q1 Reservoir Insulating stand Reservoir V Figure A-2: Carnot cycle – thermodynamic diagram on left and schematic of the different stages in the cycle for a system composed of an ideal gas on the right The four processes in the Carnot cycle are: 1) The system is at temperature T2 at state (a).2 Carnot Cycles A Carnot cycle is shown below.1): 1A-3 . 3) At state c the system is brought in contact with a heat reservoir at temperature T1.Q R as defined are the magnitudes of the heat absorbed and rejected. In other words. The quantities Q A . the heat reservoir is a constant temperature source (or receiver) of heat. the ideal gas. The system can be regarded as a chamber filled with this ideal gas and with a piston.Q 2 on the other hand are defined with reference to heat received by the system. The heat exchange Qda = 0 . rejecting heat Q1 in the process. which is just a liquid or solid mass of large enough extent such that its temperature does not change appreciably when some amount of heat is transferred to the system. there is a sign convention implied. It has four processes.The thermal efficiency can only be 100% (complete conversion of heat into work) if QR = 0 . the system is compressed adiabatically back to the initial state a. but the concepts can be shown using a familiar working fluid. In this example. The heat absorbed and rejected by the system takes place during isothermal processes and we already know what their values are from Eq.A. During this expansion the temperature decreases to T1. 2) At state b. the Carnot cycle and the Brayton (or Joule) cycle which is a model for the power cycle in a jet engine. There are two adiabatic reversible legs and two isothermal reversible legs.

Using the ideal gas equation of state. First. (A. the efficiency of a Carnot cycle is given compactly by T ηc = 1 − 1 . Carnot cycle efficiency (A. γ −1 γ −1  Vd  (T2 / T1 )  Va  .2.2) The path from states b to c and from a to d are both adiabatic and reversible.4) T2 The efficiency can be 100% only if the temperature at which the heat is rejected is zero.2. (A. T1 [ ln( Vd / Vc ) ] T2 [ ln( Vb / Va ) ] . Thus.[ln(Vc / Vd )]. or V / V = V / V . For a reversible adiabatic process we know that PV γ = constant.3)) T1 T2 Second. (A.2.1) with Eq. Along curve b-c. Along the curve d-a.2.) The efficiency can now be written in terms of the volumes at the different states as: η = 1+ (A. The heat and work transfers to and from the system are shown schematically in Figure A-3. Q2 T2 System W (net work) T1 Q1 Figure A-3: Work and heat transfers in a Carnot cycle between two heat reservoirs 1A-4 . the heats received and rejected are related to the temperatures of the isothermal parts of the cycle by Q1 Q2 + = 0. T2 Vaγ −1 = T1Vdγ −1 . we have TV γ −1 = constant. ( Q1 is negative.2) shows two consequences. which means that Vd = Va .Q2 = Wab = NRT2 ln(Vb / Va ) 1 [ ] Q1 = Wcd = NRT [ln(Vd / Vc )] = . =   c a b d Vc Vb  Vc    (T2 / T1 )  Vb  Comparing the expression for thermal efficiency Eq. therefore T2 Vbγ −1 = T1Vcγ −1 .2.

why are we only dealing with volume changes and not pressure changes on the adiabats and isotherms? (MP 1A.Muddy points T Since η = 1 − 1 . the greater efficiency? And that if they were very close. does that mean the farther apart the T1. Combustor Combustor PCompressor exit Inlet Nozzle P P atm Inlet and compressor b q2 c Turbine and nozzle Compressor Turbine a V q1 d Heat rejection to atmosphere Figure A-4: Sketch of the jet engine components and corresponding thermodynamic states Gas turbines are also used for power generation and for closed cycle operation (for example for space power generation). looking at the P-V graph. T2 T2 isotherms are.3 Brayton Cycles (or Joule Cycles): The Power Cycle for a Gas Turbine Jet Engine For a Brayton cycle there are two adiabatic legs and two constant pressure legs. Sketches of an engine and the corresponding cycle are given in Figure A-4. it would be very inefficient? (MP 1A. 1A-5 . A depiction of the cycle in this case is shown in Figure A-5.A.2) Is there a physical application for the Carnot cycle? Can we design a Carnot engine for a propulsion device? (MP 1A.4) 1.3) How do we know which cycles to use as models for real processes? (MP 1A.1) In the Carnot cycle.

Treating the working fluid as an ideal gas. For a constant pressure process the heat exchange per unit mass is dh = c p dT = dq . The heat exchange can be expressed in terms of enthalpy differences between the relevant states. ∆ua −b −c − d − a = 0 = q2 + q1 − w . similarly. the heat absorbed. The heat rejected is.Q ⋅ Equivalent heat transfer at constant pressure 3 2 Compressor Wcomp ⋅ Wnet Turbine ⋅ 1 Q 4 ⋅ Equivalent heat transfer at constant pressure Figure A-5: Thermodynamic model of gas turbine engine cycle for power generation The objective now is to find the work done. where q1 . for the heat addition from the combustor. or [dq]cons tan t P = dh . q1 = ha − hd = c p (Ta − Td ) . Tracing the path shown around the cycle from a-b-c-d and back to a. q2 = hc − hb = c p (Tc − Tb ) . The net work done is w = q2 + q1 . q2 are defined as heat received by the system ( q1 is negative). and the thermal efficiency of the cycle. the first law gives (writing the equation in terms of a unit mass). We thus need to evaluate the heat transferred in processes b-c and d-a. The net work per unit mass is given by Net work per unit mass = q1 + q2 = c p (Tc − Tb ) + (Ta − Td ) . The thermal efficiency of the Brayton cycle can now be expressed in terms of the temperatures: [ ] 1A-6 .

which powers the F-8 and the F-101). finally.η= Net work c p (Tc − Tb ) − (Td − Ta ) = Heat in c p [Tc − Tb ] (T − Ta ) = 1 − Ta (Td / Ta − 1) . which is the parameter commonly used: ηB = 1 − 1 1 = 1− .3) Figure A-6 shows pressures and temperatures through a gas turbine engine (the afterburning J57. = 1− d Tb (Tc / Tb − 1) (Tc − Tb ) [ ] (A. Td Ta T T = .3. d = c . Tb / Ta = TR . We know that points a and d are on a constant pressure process as are points b and c. (A. Pb = Pc . The other two legs of the cycle are adiabatic and reversible. Tcompressor exit The temperature ratio across the compressor.3. we need to examine the relationships between the different temperatures.3. TR ( PR)(γ −1) / γ (A. and Pa = Pd .2) Ideal Brayton cycle efficiency: η B = 1 − a Tb Tatmospheric = 1− .3) yields an expression for the thermal efficiency of a Brayton cycle: T (A. Using this relation in the expression for thermal Tc Tb Ta Tb efficiency. so Pd Pa = Pc Pb Therefore == >  Td     Tc  γ / (γ −1) T  = a  Tb  γ / (γ −1) . In terms of compressor temperature ratio. Figure A-6: Gas turbine engine pressures and temperatures 1A-7 . Eq.1.1) To proceed further. or. and using the relation for an adiabatic reversible process we can write the efficiency in terms of the compressor (and cycle) pressure ratio.

and it can be seen that there has been a large increase in cycle pressure ratio. is fixed by materials technology and cost. 1998) Muddy points When flow is accelerated in a nozzle.3) says that for a high cycle efficiency.A. 1A-8 .8) Does it matter what labels we put on the corners of the cycle or not? (MP 1A. doesn’t that reduce the internal energy of the flow and therefore the enthalpy? (MP 1A. (If the temperature is too high. the pressure ratio of the cycle should be increased.Equation (A.) Figures A-8 and A-9 show the progression of the turbine entry temperatures in aeroengines.5) Why do we say the combustion in a gas turbine engine is constant pressure? (MP 1A. Sea Level.7) If the gas undergoes constant pressure cooling in the exhaust outside the engine. T-O Trent 890 GE90 40 Trent 775 CF6-80C2A8 CF6-80E1A4 CF6-80C2A8 CFM56-5C4 PW4084 PW4052 PW4168 CFM56-5B CFM56-3C JT8D-219 Tay 611 Tay 651 30 20 RB211-524D4 CF6-50E CF6-50A RB211-22 JT9D-7R4G TF39-1 JT9D-70 CF6-6 CFM56-2 JT9D-3A Spey 512-14 Spey 512 JT8D-17 JT8D-1 Spey 505 Spey 555 Conway 550 Conway 508 JT3D 10 0 1960 1970 1980 Year of Certification 1990 2000 Figure A-7: Gas turbine engine pressure ratio trends (Jane’s Aeroengines. Figure A-7 shows the history of aircraft engine pressure ratio versus entry into service.6) Why is the Brayton cycle less efficient than the Carnot cycle? (MP 1A. Tc . Figure A-8 is from Rolls Royce and Figure A-9 is from Pratt&Whitney. The thermodynamic concepts apply to the behavior of real aerospace devices! Overall Pressure Ratio (OPR). is that still within the system boundary ? (MP 1A. Note the relation between the gas temperature coming into the turbine blades and the blade melting temperature.9) Is the work done in the compressor always equal to the work done in the turbine plus work out (for a Brayton cyle) ? (MP 1A.10) 1.3.4 Gas Turbine Technology and Thermodynamics The turbine entry temperature. the blades fail.

For maximum efficiency we would like TR as high as possible. 1A-9 . evaluated in traversing the cycle. as Tb → Tc the heat received approaches zero and so does the net work. which is seen to approach zero as Tb → Tc . which shows two Brayton cycles. This is the area enclosed by the curves. Figure A-8: Rolls-Royce high temperature technology Figure A-9: Turbine blade cooling technology [Pratt & Whitney] For a given level of turbine technology (in other words given maximum temperature) a design question is what should the compressor TR be? What criterion should be used to decide this? Maximum thermal efficiency? Maximum work? We examine this issue below. This means that the compressor exit temperature approaches the turbine entry temperature. Tb2 Cycle with Tb → Tc Tb1 P Cycle with lower Tb Patm T = Tc T = Tatm = Ta V Figure A-10: Efficiency and work of two Brayton cycle engines The problem is posed in Figure A-10. The net work will be less than the heat received. The net work in the cycle can also be expressed as ∫ Pdv .Rotor inlet gas temperature vs Cooling effectiveness.

This leads to compact propulsion devices. dTb Tb2 Plugging this expression for the derivative into Eq.4. (A. We know that Td Tc TT = or Td = a c . Ta Tc   Compressor temperature ratio for maximum work: Ratioing all temperatures to the engine inlet temperature. we need to multiply the work per unit mass by the mass flow rate: 1A-10 . The role of the temperature ratio can be seen if we examine the work per unit mass which is delivered at this condition:   TT Work / unit mass = c p Tc − Ta Tc − a c + Ta  . The maximum work occurs where the derivative of work with respect to Tb is zero: dT dWork = 0 = −1 − d . (Design constraint) [ ] Atmospheric temperature The design variable is the compressor exit temperature. Ta  Ta  To find the power the engine can produce. In terms of temperature ratio. A more useful criterion is that of maximum work per unit mass (maximum power per unit mass flow). we need to relate Td and Tb . and to find the maximum as this is varied.1) gives the compressor exit temperature for maximum work as Tb = Ta Tc . (A.4. Tb . we differentiate the expression for work with respect to Tb :  dT dT dT  dWork = cp  c −1 − d + a .The conclusion from either of these arguments is that a cycle designed for maximum thermal efficiency is not very useful in that the work (power) we get out of it is zero.4. T  T Work / unit mass = c p Ta  c − 2 c + 1 . dTd − Ta Tc = . (A. Ta Tb Tb Hence. The work per unit mass is given by: Work / unit mass = c p (Tc − Tb ) − (Td − Ta ) Max. Ta Ta The condition for maximum work in a Brayton cycle is different than that for maximum efficiency. as is the atmospheric temperature).1) dTb dTb To use Eq. turbine temp. dTb dTb dTb   dTb The first and the fourth term on the right hand side of the above equation are both zero (the turbine entry temperature is fixed.1). Tb T = c .

(MP 1A. The Brayton cycle thermal efficiency contains the ratio of the compressor exit temperature to atmospheric temperature.12) You said that for a gas turbine engine modeled as a Brayton cycle the work done is w=q1 +q2 . The equation in the figure for horsepower (HP) is the same as that we just derived. Figure 11b shows the core power for a number of different engines as a function of the turbine rotor entry temperature.) (The units are s kg . Muddy points What are the units of w in power = m w ? (MP 1A.K s (A. as the Carnot efficiency is. the Brayton cycle is therefore less efficient than a Carnot cycle. burner. Koff Spanning the Globe with Jet Propulsion AIAA Paper 2987. C. International Symposium on Air Breathing Engines. paper 95-7006.13) 1. Figure 11a shows the gas turbine engine layout including the core (compressor.5 Refrigerators and Heat Pumps The Carnot cycle has been used for power. Does this suggest that the work that you get out of the engine doesn't depend on how good your compressor and turbine are?…since the compression and expansion were modeled as adiabatic. E. 1995] Figure A-11 shows the expression for power of an ideal cycle compared with data from actual jet engines. except for the conversion factors. turbine entry temperature Figure A-11: Aeroengine core power [Koff/Meese.L. and turbine). so that the ratio is not based on the highest temperature in the cycle. where q2 is the heat added and q1 is the heat rejected.• T  T Power = m c p Ta  c − 2 c + 1 . Gas Turbine Technologies of the Future. AIAA Annual Meeting and Exhibit. A final comment (for now) on Brayton cycles concerns the value of the thermal efficiency. There will be a quantity of heat Q2 rejected at the higher temperature and a quantity of heat Q1 absorbed at the lower temperature. The former of 1A-11 • . 1995.11) Precision about the assumptions made in the Brayton cycle for maximum efficiency and maximum work (MP 1A. Meece.A. a) Gas turbine engine core b) Core power vs. there is now net work into the system and net heat out of the system. and A-11b. If so. For a given maximum cycle temperature. but we can also run it in reverse. 1991. Maximum power for an ideal Brayton cycle Ta  Ta  kg J J K = = Watts .2) Figures A-11a. available from: B.4. The analysis not only shows the qualitative trend very well but captures much of the quantitative behavior too.

For different working media. they will look different. there is a basic “directionality” in nature. “What we pay for” is the work. In this mode of operation Q2 P a b T2 System W d c V T1 Q1 Figure A-12: Operation of a Carnot refrigerator the cycle works as a refrigerator or heat pump. heat is extracted from a low temperature source and rejected to a high temperature source. We start by examining a flywheel in a fluid filled insulated enclosure as shown in Figure A-13. 1A-12 . A metric for devices of this type is the coefficient of performance. What is the same whatever the medium is the efficiency for all Carnot cycles operating between the same two temperatures. The result is that work is done on the system.A. The coefficient of performance is thus given in terms of the absolute temperatures as T1 . The words “low” and “high” are relative and the low temperature source might be a crowded classroom on a hot day.6 Reversibility and Irreversibility in Natural Processes We wish to characterize the “direction” of natural processes. The cycle and the heat and work transfers are indicated in Figure A-12. Coefficient of performance = T2 − T1 This can be much larger than unity. The Carnot cycles that have been drawn are based on ideal gas behavior.14) 1. with the heat extraction being used to cool the room. since the cycle is reversible. these ratios are the same when the cycle is run in reverse.these is negative according to our convention and the latter is positive. however. and “what we get” is the amount of heat extracted. defined as Coefficient of performance = Q1 Q1 = . Muddy points Would it be practical to run a Brayton cycle in reverse and use it as rerigerator? (MP 1A. W Q1 + Q2 For a Carnot cycle we know the ratios of heat in to heat out when the cycle is run forward and. We will see an example when we discuss two-phase situations.

We can think of the overall process involving the system (the two bricks in an insulated setting) and the surroundings (the rest of the universe) as: System is changed Surroundings are unchanged. Suppose we put two bricks together. There is a qualitative difference between these states. system cool State B: flywheel stationary Figure A-13: Flywheel in insulated enclosure at initial and final states A question to be asked is whether we could start with state B and then let events proceed to state A? Why or why not? The first law does not prohibit this.State A: flywheel spinning.) We have lost the ability to get work out of these two bricks. We could run a refrigerator to take heat out of one brick and put it into the other. we have the ability to obtain work by running a cycle between the two temperatures. The temperature of the fluid and flywheel are higher than in state A. 42). Can we restore the system to the original state without contact with the outside? The answer is no. (TH + TL ) / 2 = TM where C is the “heat capacity” = ∆Q / ∆T . 1A-13 . but it would be much less than the work we could extract in state A. With the bricks separated thermally. which we need to be able to describe more precisely. Using the first law we can write CTH + CTL = 2CTM . The composite system (system and the surroundings) is changed by putting the bricks together. in contrast. In state B. the energy is associated with disorganized motion on a molecular scale. half at a high temperature TH and half at a low temperature TL (see IAW p. Muddy points Why is the ability to do work decreased in B? How do we know? (MP 1A. Can we restore the system to the original state with contact with the outside? The answer is yes. (For solids the heat capacities (specific heats) at constant pressure and constant volume are essentially the same. The characteristics of state A are that the energy is in an organized form. and we could extract some work by using the flywheel kinetic energy to lift a weight. the molecules in the flywheel have some circular motion. The process is not reversible—there is no way to undo the change and leave no mark on the surroundings. so we could probably get some work out by using a Carnot cycle. but we would have to do work.15) Another example is a system composed of many bricks.

By free expansion. The total volume ( V1 plus the evacuated volume) is V2 . V = V2 . to undo the process. i.e. The first law tells us therefore that the internal energy is constant ( ∆U = 0). 1.  V1  From the first law. we mean the unrestrained expansion of a gas into a volume as shown at the right. V = V1 . to go back to the original volume at the same temperature (V2 → V1 at constant T = T1 ) we can compress the gas isothermally (using work from an external agency). we address the steps that we would have to take to reverse. T = T1 After: State 2.1. so there is no change in the surroundings.1).. in terms of heat and work exchanged is shown in Figure A-14. We can do this in a quasi-equilibrium manner.7 Difference between Free Expansion of a Gas and Reversible Isothermal Expansion The difference between reversible and irreversible processes is brought out through examination of the isothermal expansion of an ideal gas. T1 Vacuum During the expansion there is no work exchanged with the surroundings because there is no motion of the boundaries. If so the work that we need to do is W = ∫ PdV . b) Ability to do work? This is decreased. To restore the original state. At a given time a hole is opened in the partition and the gas rushes through to fill the rest of the enclosure. in other words. The measurement and characterization of this type of changes is the subject of the second law of thermodynamics. A schematic of the compression process. T = T1 . For an ideal gas.What is the measure of change in the surroundings? a) Energy? This is conserved. The enclosure is insulated so there is no heat exchange.A. A. Initially all the gas is in the volume designated as V1 with the rest of the insulated enclosure a vacuum. 1A-14 . Q=W=0. with Psystem ≈ Pexternal . Before: State 1. and we can apply the arguments to the case of a reversible isothermal compression. The question to be asked is what is the difference between the “free expansion” of a gas and the isothermal expansion against a piston? To answer this. We have evaluated the work in a reversible isothermal expansion 1 2 (Eq. Characterizing the before and after states. this amount of heat must also be rejected from the gas to the surroundings if the temperature of the gas is to remain constant. V1. The work done on the system to go from state “2” to state “1” is V  W = Work done on system = NR T1 ln 2  . the internal energy is a function of temperature only so that the temperature of the gas before the free expansion and after the expansion has been completed is the same.

Q. g The net effect is the same as if we let a weight fall and pull a block along a rough surface. There is 100% conversion of work into heat. Q. which is equal to W. d) The sum of all of these events is that we have converted an amount of work.System W (work in) Q (heat out) Figure A-14: Work and heat exchange in the reversible isothermal compression process At the end of the combined process (free expansion plus reversible compression): a) The system has been returned to its initial state (no change in system state). System P. with W and Q numerically equal in Joules. W W Q Q Figure A-15: Work and heat transfer in reversible isothermal expansion 1A-15 . as shown below. T Work received. Block Weight The results of the free expansion can be contrasted against a process of isothermal expansion against a pressure dP which is slightly different than that of the system. b) The surroundings (us!) did work on the system of magnitude W. into an amount of heat. as at right. W. c) The surroundings received an amount of heat.

so have the surroundings. The work done on a system in a reversible process is the minimum work we need to do to achieve that state change. They are extremely useful for defining limits to system or device behavior. Said differently: The work done by a system during a reversible process is the maximum work we can get. The overall result when we have restored the system to the initial state. We now wish to restore the system to its initial state.18) 1. Similarly the heat put into the system by us (the surroundings) during the expansion process has the same magnitude as the heat received by us during the compression process. One familiar. and in giving targets for design. is quite different for the reversible expansion and for the free expansion. As evaluated in Eq. To do this we need to do work on the system and extract heat from the system. At the end of the isothermal expansion. how can we have Psystem ≅ Pexternal ? (MP 1A. In fact. which you saw last year. [Review (8) of Part 0] 1A-16 . 1) Friction If Pexternal ≠ Psystem . example is Bernoulli’s equation. This is shown clearly in the discussion on page 46 of the Waitz notes. as shown in (8) of Part 0. the work we need to do on the system to compress it has the same magnitude as the work we received during the expansion process. A process must be quasi-static (quasi-equilibrium) to be reversible. and widely used.8 Features of reversible processes Reversible processes are idealizations or models of real processes. This means that the following effects must be absent or negligible. the work and heat exchange are the same as those for the compression process examined just above.1). Indeed. (A. depending on the process. just as in the free expansion. we could raise a weight during the expansion and then allow it to be lowered during the compression process.1. Q. Muddy points With the isothermal reversible expansion is Pexternal constant? If so.16) Why is the work done equal to zero in the free expansion? (MP 1A. the magnitude of the work done by the V  system is W=NR T1 ln 2  . An important feature of a reversible process is that. for enabling identification of areas in which inefficiencies occur.During the expansion. it represents the maximum work that can be extracted in going from one state to another. There is no trace of the overall process on either the system or the surroundings. or the minimum work that is needed to create the state change. because we are doing a transition between the same states along the same path. where P can be taken as the system pressure. For the reversible expansion. numerically equal to W. therefore:  V1  a) The surroundings have received work W b) The surroundings have given up heat. work is done on the surroundings of magnitude W = ∫ PdV . The result is that when the system has been restored back to its initial state. just as we did in the free expansion. however.A. we would have to do work to bring the system from one volume to another and return it to the initial condition. That is another meaning of the word “reversible”.17) Is irreversibility defined by whether or not a mark is left on the outside environment? (MP 1A.

In natural processes. painted by Louis Leopold Boilly. The net (and only) result at the end of the combined process would be a conversion of an amount of work into heat. [Atkins. Q. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that there are a number of engineering situations where the effect of irreversibility can be neglected and the reversible process furnishes an excellent approximation to reality. would need to provide some amount of work (which we could find using our analysis of the Carnot refrigerator). The second law. dissipative effects (viscosity. and reversible processes are idealized models. an engineer and an officer in the French army. For reversible heat transfer from a heat reservoir to a system. Figure A-17: this is Nicolas Sadi Carnot (1796-1832). and chemical equilibrium may not be satisfied. Portrait of Nicolas Sadi Carnot. from the lower temperature reservoir to the higher temperature reservoir. Q2 T2 System Q 1 = Q2 T1 Q1 Figure A-16: Heat transfer across a finite temperature difference Suppose we have heat transfer from a high temperature to a lower temperature as shown above. which was not discovered until 30 years later. thermal. How do we restore the situation to the initial conditions? One thought would be to run a Carnot refrigerator to get an amount of heat. 1A-17 . allows us to make a quantitative statement concerning the irreversibility of a given physical process. 1813. dT. In other words the difference between the temperatures of the two entities involved in the heat transfer process can only differ by an infinitesimal amount. In addition. We could do this but the surroundings. Carnot’s work is all the more remarkable because it was made without benefit of the first law. again us. which is the next topic we address. All natural processes are irreversible to some extent. the conditions for mechanical. Reversible processes are quasiequilibrium. the temperatures of the system and the reservoir must be Theat reservoir = Tsystem ± dT .2) Free (unrestrained) expansion 3) Heat transfer through a finite temperature difference. with no dissipative effects. The Second Law]. friction) exist.

Muddy points Is heat transfer across a finite temperature difference only irreversible if no device is present between the two to harvest the potential difference ? (MP 1A.19) 1A-18 .

also as dh = vdP. However. which is limited by the temperatures naturally available to us. which is not possible). During an isothermal process. this relation tells us how pressure changes are related to volume changes during an isothermal process.1 Since h = 1 – T1/T2. we always must reject some amount of heat. 1A. For a process we can integrate from 1 to 2 and get P2v2γ = P1v1γ. We cannot convert the absorbed heat into 100% work. QR depends only on the temperature of the cold reservoir T1. or Pvγ = const. there is a limit on the maximum achievable efficiency. Again. does that mean the farther apart the T1. The consequence of this is that the Carnot cycle efficiency cannot approach one (η = 1 only if QR = 0. adiabats (Pvγ = constant) are steeper curves than isotherms (Pv = constant). Thus for given values of T2 and QA . T2 isotherms are. and there are no means to reduce QR to negligible values. why are we only dealing with volume changes and not pressure changes on the adiabats and isotherms? We are not neglecting the pressure terms and we are also dealing with pressure changes. This relation shows how pressure and volume changes are related to one another during an adiabatic reversible process. . that is. looking at the P-V graph. With dh = cp dT and du = cv dT for an ideal gas. the temperature stays constant. Using the equation of state for an ideal gas Pv = RT.2 In the Carnot cycle. By arranging terms we obtain dP/P = -γ dv/v. we find that Pv = const on an isotherm. On the adiabats we know that dq = 0 (adiabatic process). The amount of heat we must reject is QR = .Muddiest Points on Part 1A 1A. These temperatures are all well above absolute zero. the greater the efficiency? And that if they were very close.T1/T2*QA (see notes for derivation). Note that in the P-V diagram. it would be very inefficient? This is correct. using enthalpy. so that for reversible processes we can write the first law as du = -Pdv and. we can write the ratio of dh/du as dh/du = cp/cv = γ = -(v dP) / ( Pdv).

P γP/ρ c a c c where a is the speed of sound and M is the Mach number. A constant temperature heat transfer process is. not only for the Brayton cycle.5 When flow is accelerated in a nozzle. The main role of the Carnot engine is therefore as a standard against which all other cycles are compared and which shows us the direction in which design of efficient cycles should go.1A. The pressure change in the combustor can be analyzed using the 1dimensional compressible flow equations. however. The momentum equation is dP = − ρcdc . but also for the Rankine cycle and for some internal combustion engine cycles. as given by the 1-dimensional continuity equation ρca = constant Hence ln ρ + ln c + ln a = constant Differentiating. 1A. The stagnation enthalpy is the quantity that is constant.4 How do we know which cycles to use as models for real processes? We have discussed this briefly for the Brayton cycle. doesn't that reduce the internal energy of the flow and therefore the enthalpy? Indeed both enthalpy and internal energy are reduced.3 Is there a physical application for the Carnot cycle? Can we design a Carnot engine for a propulsion device? We will see that Carnot cycles are the best we can do in terms of efficiency. If we divide both sides by P. 1A. Changes in velocity are due to changes in density and in flow-through area. and a key question is indeed how accurate it is and what the justification is. You can also see that the Carnot cycle is not a good descriptor of a gas turbine engine! We will look further at this general point. where c is the velocity.6 Why do we say that the combustion in a gas turbine engine is at constant pressure? This is an approximation. or =− − ρ c A c A ρ . 1A. dρ dc dA dc dA dρ + + = 0. we obtain: dP γc 2 dc γc 2 dc dc =− =− 2 = −γM 2 . in that we looked at the approximation that was made in saying heat addition occurred at constant pressure. difficult to attain in practice for devices in which high rates of power are required. I will try to make clear what are the approximations and why the cycle under study is being used as a model.

In reality the pressure does drop in the combustor. As seen from the momentum equation. which is lower than the overall cycle temperature ratio. which is at the combustor exit. but the overall drop from inlet to exit is about 3-4%. such as a nozzle. as shown by the dashed lines in Figure 1. small compared to the initial level of pressure. not the maximum cycle temperature. so that the approximation of constant pressure is a useful one.7 Why is the Brayton cycle less efficient than the Carnot cycle? Consider the Brayton cycle and the corresponding work done as being approximated by a number of elementary Carnot cycles. in which there was combustion at the same time that the pressure was dropping. the heat addition does not "directly" affect the pressure . Tmax / Tmin . thus the same temperature ratio. but if you cannot wait. We will come back to this important point (which has implications for all cycles). all having the same pressure ratio and therefore the same temperature ratio. The temperature ratio that figures into the efficiency of the elementary Carnot cycles is the inlet temperature divided by the compressor exit temperature. We could have a process.Velocity changes are therefore related to area changes (geometry) and density changes (basically heat input).1) the ratio dP/P will be much less than one. This means that the change in velocity divided by the initial velocity is roughly of the order of magnitude of unity. Brayton cycle (solid line) P Elementary Carnot Cycle (dashed lines) v Figure 1 . For a gas turbine combustion process the change in density is comparable with (a significant fraction of) the initial density and the area change is several times the initial area. see Section 1-C of the notes. . The rapidity of the combustion process does not really have anything to do with this approximation. The basic reason for the lower efficiency is that heat is absorbed at an average temperature that is lower than the maximum temperature and rejected at an average temperature higher than the minimum temperature. 1A.changes in pressure are associated with changes in velocity.Brayton cycle considered as a number of elementary Carnot cycles. so that the pressure can be approximated as constant. and thus the same efficiency. The momentum equation thus tells us that for small Mach number (say 0. All of these Carnot cycles have the same pressure ratio.

3. Thus we follow the mass as it moves through the device and the cooling of the gas outside the engine is happening to our system.1A. is that still within the system boundary? When we analyze the state changes as we trace them around the cycle. it always brings you back to the state where you started. MJ/s) or Watts (kW.12 Precision about the assumptions made in the Brayton cycle for maximum efficiency and maximum work We have first derived a general expression for the thermal efficiency of an ideal Brayton cycle (see Equation A.10 Is the work done in the compressor always equal to the work done in the turbine plus work out (for a Brayton cyle)? NO. We then looked at possible ideal Brayton cycles that would yield (A) maximum efficiency and (B) maximum work. a mass of fixed identity. 1A. For the aeroengine. The mass flow is kg/s. we are viewing the changes in a system. 1A. work per unit mass. the net work we get out of the Brayton cycle is w = q2 + q1 = cp [(Ta – Td) + (Tc – Tb)] (see notes for details). 1A. for a given fan diameter power scales directly as work per unit mass. Thus the net work is the difference between the enthalpy drop across the turbine (we get work from the turbine) and the enthalpy rise through the compressor (we have to supply work to the compressor). The work done in the compressor plus net work out equals the total turbine work. keeping the assumptions of an ideal cycle • . Rearranging the temperatures we can also write w = cp [(Tc – Td) – (Tb – Ta)] = Dhturbine – Dhcompressor. such that they can be modeled adiabatic and reversible. 1A. Independent of where you start in the cycle. A cycle is a series of processes. Using the 1st law. MW). The units of w. If so.3 in your notes). we can think of a given diameter (frontal area) as implying a given mass flow (think of a given Mach number and hence a given ratio of flow to choked flow). are thus J/kg.11 What are the units of w in power = m w ? The units of power are J/s (kJ/s.8 If the gas undergoes constant pressure cooling in the exhaust outside the engine. The assumptions we made for the cycle were that both the compressor and turbine are ideal.9 Does it matter what labels we put on the corners of the cycle or not? It does not matter what labels we use on the corners of the cycle.

Using the 1st law. and the turbine inlet temperature Tc. that is in the limit Tb = Tc. So. this is done through the drive shaft that connects turbine and compressor). In the assumptions the emphasis is put on reversible rather than adiabatic.(the assumptions of adiabatic and reversible compression and expansion stem from the choice of an ideal cycle). Thus the net work is the difference between the enthalpy drop across the turbine (we get work from the turbine) and the enthalpy rise through the compressor (we have to supply work to the compressor. the compressor pressure ratio Pb/Pa or temperature ratio Tb/Ta. For real engines the assumption of adiabatic flow through the compressor and turbine still holds. the net work we get out of the cycle is w = q2 + q1 = cp [(Ta – Td) + (Tc – Tb)] (see notes for details).3 we know that the higher the compressor temperature ratio Tb/Ta the higher the thermal efficiency. becomes zero. see notes for details. for (A) maximum efficiency we would chose the compressor exit temperature as high as possible.3. 1A. Apart from setting the inlet conditions (these mainly depend on the flight altitude and Mach number and the day). Does this suggest that the work that you get out of the engine doesn't depend on how good your compressor and turbine are?…since the compression and expansion were modeled as adiabatic. For the derivation of Tb for maximum work (keeping Tc fixed as above). meaning that the work done by the turbine is the maximum work we can get from the given turbine (operating between Tc and Td). and the work needed to drive the given compressor is the minimum work required. Looking at equation A. we decided to fix the turbine inlet temperature (fixed by material technology or cost). One way to construct an ideal Brayton cycle in the P-V diagram is to choose the inlet temperature Ta and inlet pressure Pa. Constructing this cycle in the P-V diagram and letting Tb approach Tc shows that the area enclosed by the cycle. or in other words the net work. In class we analyzed an ideal Brayton cycle with the assumptions of adiabatic reversible compression and expansion processes. where q2 is the heat added and q1 is the heat rejected. So the only two "floating" cycle parameters that remain to be defined are the compressor exit temperature Tb and the turbine exit temperature Td. Thus a cycle constructed under the given inlet conditions and constraints on Tc is not very useful because we don't get any work out of it. Rearranging the temperatures we can also write w = cp [(Tc – Td) – (Tb – Ta)] = ∆hturbine – ∆hcompressor.13 You said that for a gas turbine engine modeled as a Brayton cycle the work done is w=q1+q2. This is an approximation – the surface inside the compressor or turbine where heat can be transferred is much smaller than the mass flow of the fluid moving through the machine .

This force could be us. In fact people in Cryogenics use reversed Brayton cycles to cool down systems where very low temperatures are required (e.15 Why is the ability to do work decreased in B? How do we know? In state A.16 With the isothermal reversible expansion. We could also extract work from state B by running for example an ideal Carnot cycle between TB and some heat reservoir at lower temperature. 1A. and more heat can be absorbed from the cooling compartment. it could be a system of weights. because we must reject some heat when we convert heat into work (we cannot convert heat into 100% work). However the work we would get from this ideal Carnot cycle is less than the work we get from state A (all of the kinetic energy). We can of course Apiston . 1A. Thus the thermal efficiency and work for a real jet engine with losses depend on the component efficiencies of turbine and compressor and are less than for an ideal jet engine. how can we have Psystem≅Pexternal? For a reversible process. One major difference between a regular Brayton cycle (such as a jet-engine or a gas-turbine) and a reversed Brayton cycle is the working fluid. there would need to be a force that pushed on the piston so the process could be considered quasi-equilibrium. or it could be any other work receiver. Extremely low temperatures can be achieved when using a regenerator – a heat exchanger that preheats the fluid before it enters the compressor and cools the fluid further down before it enters the turbine.14 Would it be practical to run a Brayton cycle in reverse and use it as rerigerator? Yes. if the external pressure were constant. is Pexternal constant? If so. In order to make a reversed Brayton cycle practical we have to choose a working fluid that is appropriate for the application. We could get work out this system by using all of the kinetic energy of the flywheel and for example lift a weight with it.g. Although the energy of the system in state A is the same as in state B (we know this from 1st law) the "organization" of the energy is different. liquefaction of propellants). Under these conditions the system pressure would not necessarily be near the F external pressure but we would have Psystem ≅ Pexternal + work receiver . We will discuss these component efficiencies in more detail in class. space applications. However the compression and expansion processes in real engines are irreversible due to non-ideal behavior and loss mechanisms occurring in the turbomachinery flow. the energy is in organized form and the molecules move along circular paths around the spinning flywheel. The temperature in state B is higher than in state A. and thus the ability to do work is different.so that the heat transfer is negligible – we will discuss the different concepts of heat transfer later in class. The energy of the system in state B (flywheel not spinning) is associated with disorganized motion (on the molecular scale). In this configuration the fluid is expanded to much lower temperatures. 1A.

5. the process would be reversible. but that is not necessary. no “dV”. the irreversibility associated with the transfer of heat from one to the other is indeed dependent on what is between them. To do this we have to supply work to the refrigerator and we will also reject some heat to the surroundings. The extent to which the process is irreversible for any device can be assessed by computing the total entropy change (device plus surroundings) associated with the heat transfer. and work would be done. and there is no net work done. 1A. and doing work locally inside the container (and other pieces might be compressed and thus receive work) during the free expansion process. There is no change in volume. all the heat that comes out of the high temperature reservoir goes into the low temperature reservoir. Pieces of the gas might be expanding. with the result given in Section 1. If there were a Carnot cycle between them.17 Why is the work done equal to zero in the free expansion? In this problem. In the example with the bricks. 1A. 1A. .think of a situation in which the external pressure was varied so it was always close to the system pressure. Thus we leave a mark on the environment and the process is irreversible.18 Is irreversibility defined by whether or not a mark is left on the outside environment? A process is irreversible when there is no way to undo the change without leaving a mark on the surroundings or "the rest of the universe". so no work done on the surroundings. the system is everything inside the rigid container. but we are considering the system as a whole.B. If there is a copper bar between them.19 Is heat transfer across a finite temperature difference only irreversible if no device is present between the two to harvest the potential difference? If we have two heat reservoirs at different temperatures. pushing on other parts of the gas. some (not all ) heat from the high temperature reservoir would be passed on to the low temperature reservoir. we could undo the change by putting a Carnot refrigerator between the bricks (both at TM after putting them together) and cooling one brick down to TL and heating the other brick to TH to restore the initial state.