New Thermodynamics: Inefficiency of a Piston-Cylinder


  •   Kent W. Mayhew


 Inefficiencies of expanding systems are traditionally taught in terms of entropy, and the second law. Herein, it will be shown that such traditional explanations are an over-complication of reality. This will be accomplished by providing a simpler understanding as to why such inefficiencies exist in a piston-cylinder apparatus. This introduces many to a  new perspective which is founded on lost work, and the inherent inefficiencies when converting a gas’s kinetic energy into actual work.

Keywords: Efficiency, Lost Work, Second Law, New Thermodynamics


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Mayhew, K.W. 2020. New Thermodynamics: Inefficiency of a Piston-Cylinder. European Journal of Engineering and Technology Research. 5, 2 (Feb. 2020), 187–191. DOI:

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