4F30.95 - Carnot Cycle Demonstrator
Demonstrate the thermodynamic processes in the Carnot cycle.
InstructionsA clear glass tube with a moveable piston inside is used to represent a volume of gas. It is placed on one of each of three large blocks labeled "HOT", "INS", and "COLD" to illustrate the thermodynamic processes in a Carnot cycle. Firstly, the cylinder is placed on the HOT block where the volume is increased isothermally by moving the piston. Secondly, the cylinder is placed on the INS block and the piston is pulled back to represent adiabatic expansion. Thirdly, it is placed on the COLD block where it is held at constant temperature while being compressed. And finally, it is placed on the INS block where it is compressed adiabatically brining it back to the HOT temperature where the cycle started.