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A Novel Approach to the Teaching of Etropy Based on a Recent Single Particle Heat Engine Model

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W. John Dartnall, John Reizes

University of Technology

Paper No. IMECE2006-15124, pp. 133-142; 10 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Innovations in Engineering Education: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4781-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


In a recently developed simple particle mechanics model in which a single particle represents the working fluid (gas) in a heat engine (exemplified by a piston engine) a new approach was outlined for the teaching of concepts to thermodynamic students. By mechanics reasoning a model was developed that demonstrates the connection between the Carnot efficiency limitation of heat engines and the Kelvin-Planck statement of Second Law requiring only the truth of the Clausius statement. In this paper the model is extended to introduce entropy. Here the particle's entropy is defined as a function of its kinetic energy and the space that it occupies that is analogous to that normally found in classical macroscopic analyses.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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