Introduction to Carnot Cycle

In the Carnot cycle, you will encounter four reversible methods. Among those four processes, two are frictionless isothermal and other two are frictionless adiabatics. Since this process was first invented by a French engineer named Nicolas Leonard P t Sadi Carnot in 1824, so this was named after him.

Characteristics and explanation:


Introduction to Carnot Cycle


For this process to work out properly Carnot used piston-cylinder and by the application of such mechanism some characteristics are clearly shown:

  • There is absolutely zero friction during this process between the piston and the cylinder.
  • The head of the cylinder is interchangeable and is arranged in a specific way so that it can work as both a conductor and an insulator.
  • The walls of the piston and the cylinder will perform as heat insulators.
  • The heat is transferred and then sinks in the source but while doing it the complete process isn’t hampered.

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