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What are the Scientific Roots of Sadi Carnot’s Cycle?

  • Charles Coulston Gillispie
  • Raffaele Pisano
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Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 19)

Abstract

In this section we investigate the possible origin of the idea of the cycle in Sadi Carnot’s work , following the hypothesis of an analogy with the electric circuit in Alessandro Volta ’s battery . First we will present a comparison from the standpoint of the fundamental concepts between Sadi Carnot ’s theory of thermodynamics and the theory of electricity . Secondly we will propose an analogy between Carnot’s cycle and the cyclic path of the I current in Volta ’s battery , whose current (between two potentials ) corresponds to the heat flux which flows between the two thermostats of two reversible heat engines paired by Sadi Carnot. Additionally, we will report and comment on some analogies between electrostatic , electric phenomena and heat engines . In conclusion we present a global vision of every possible connection and will discuss its compatibility.

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Work Work Cycle Cycle Energy Energy Physic Physic Mass Mass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Coulston Gillispie
    • 1
  • Raffaele Pisano
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.SCité University of Lille 1LilleFrance

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