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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6 The Second Law of Thermodynamics Chapter 6 THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Thermal Energy Reservoirs 6-1C Water is not a fuel; thus the claim is false. 6-2C Transferring 5 kWh of heat to an electric resistance wire and producing 5 kWh of electricity. 6-3C An electric resistance heater which consumes 5 kWh of electricity and supplies 6 kWh of heat to a room. 6-4C Transferring 5 kWh of heat to an electric resistance wire and producing 6 kWh of electricity. 6-5C No. Heat cannot flow from a low-temperature medium to a higher temperature medium. 6-6C A thermal-energy reservoir is a body that can supply or absorb finite quantities of heat isothermally. Some examples are the oceans, the lakes, and the atmosphere. 6-7C Yes. Because the temperature of the oven remains constant no matter how much heat is transferred to the potatoes. 6-8C The surrounding air in the room that houses the TV set. Heat Engines and Thermal Efficiency 6-9C No. Such an engine violates the Kelvin-Planck statement of the second law of thermodynamics. 6-10C Heat engines are cyclic devices that receive heat from a source, convert some of it to work, and reject the rest to a sink. 6-11C Method (b). With the heating element in the water, heat losses to the surrounding air are minimized, and thus the desired heating can be achieved with less electrical energy input. 6-12C No. Because 100% of the work can be converted to heat. 6-13C It is expressed as "No heat engine can exchange heat with a single reservoir, and produce an equivalent amount of work". 6-14C (a) No, (b) Yes. According to the second law, no heat engine can have and efficiency of 100%. 6-15C No. Such an engine violates the Kelvin-Planck statement of the second law of thermodynamics. 6-16C No. The Kelvin-Plank limitation applies only to heat engines; engines that receive heat and convert some of it to work. 6-1 Chapter 6 The Second Law of Thermodynamics 6-17 The power output and thermal efficiency of a power plant are given. The rate of heat rejection is to be determined, and the result is to be compared to the actual case in practice. Assumptions 1 The plant operates steadily. 2 Heat losses from the working fluid at the pipes and other components are negligible. Analysis The rate of heat supply to the power plant is determined from the thermal efficiency relation, MW 1500 0.4 MW 600 , = = = th out net H W Q η The rate of heat transfer to the river water is determined from the first law relation for a heat engine, MW 900 =- =- = 600 1500 , out net H L W Q Q In reality the amount of heat rejected to the river will be lower since part of the heat will be lost to the surrounding air from the working fluid as it passes through the pipes and other components....
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This homework help was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course EML 3007 taught by Professor Chung during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.
- Spring '08