Optimal heating of the working fluid in a cylinder equipped with a moving piston

Yehuda B. Band, Oded Kafri, Peter Salamon

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Abstract

We determine the optical heating of an ideal gas, which is contained in a cylinder equipped with a piston having a given arbitrary motion and which is coupled to a heat bath, so that the work produced is maximal given a total pumping energy. We show that the optimal heating is impulsive and we determine the location of the impulse. Efficiency and thermodynamic analyses are obtained for sinusoidal piston motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3745-3749
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume52
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1981

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