4-29 September 2017
Nordita, Stockholm
Europe/Stockholm timezone

Efficiency, power and dissipation of thermal machines

4 Sep 2017, 14:00
122:026 (Nordita, Stockholm)


Nordita, Stockholm


Prof. Bart Cleuren (Hasselt University)


We consider the performance characteristics of thermal engines. Efficiency at maximum power is discussed in a general setting. In particular, it is demonstrated how successive symmetries placed upon the dynamics manifest themselves at the macroscopic level. A general condition is derived under which thermodynamic devices are able to attain a reversible operation. Second, we derive general relations between maximum power, maximum efficiency, and minimum dissipation regimes from linear irreversible thermodynamics.

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