The Second Law of Thermodynamics

  • Dimitrios P. Tassios


The origin of the Second Law lies with Sadi Carnot’s work: Reflexions sur la Puissance Motrice du Feu, published in 1824, dealing with the establishment of the maximum amount of work that can be obtained from a steam engine. Thus, its efficiency could be rigorously expressed, instead of the method used then: “work (ftlbf) per bushel of good coal(!)”.


Thermal Efficiency Entropy Change Heat Engine Vortex Tube Carnot Cycle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitrios P. Tassios
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  1. 1.National Technical University of AthensZographos, AthensGreece
  2. 2.New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA

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