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Endoreversible Thermodynamics: A Tool for Simulating and Comparing Processes of Discrete Systems

Muschik, Wolfgang; Hoffmann, Karl Heinz

Endoreversible thermodynamics is concerned with reversible sub-systems that are in irreversible interaction with each other. Consequently, endoreversible thermodynamics represents the analogue for discrete systems to the local equilibrium hypothesis in continuum thermodynamics. Here a real cyclic 2-reservoir process is simulated by different endoreversible model processes. Simulation means that the simulating process has the same net heat exchanges, cycle time, power, entropy production, and efficiency as the original one. By introducing process-independent simulation parameters as constraints for the irreversible interaction, a family of comparative endoreversible processes is generated including the simulation of the original process. This procedure allows the process parameters of the family of comparative processes to be compared to those of the original one. The fraction “power of the real process over the maximal power inbetween the comparative family” is introduced as a parameter describing the process excellence.
Published in: Journal of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, 10.1515/JNETDY.2006.013, De Gruyter
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