4. Heat Engines

  1. Egbert Boeker and
  2. Rienk Van Grondelle

Published Online: 18 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119974178.ch4

Environmental Physics: Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Third Edition

Environmental Physics: Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Third Edition

How to Cite

Boeker, E. and Van Grondelle, R. (2011) Heat Engines, in Environmental Physics: Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119974178.ch4

Author Information

  1. VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470666753

Online ISBN: 9781119974178

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Keywords:

  • heat engines, heart of industrial society - key role in the modern society;
  • heat, from engines to the outside air - and exhaust gas flow;
  • process of heat transfer, effective - air blown around pot with a fan, as forced convection;
  • solar collector, hotwater from incoming solar radiation - absorbed by an absorber;
  • heat diffusion equation, temperature change - and heat conservation;
  • thermodynamics principles, two laws - macroscopic understanding of energy conversion;
  • efficiency of ‘Real’ heat engine - equality signs for efficiencies or coefficient of performance, COPs;
  • vapour-compression cycle, households - medium- sized shops, vapour compression by pumps;
  • electricity as energy carrier - electricity, convenient power source;
  • economics of energy conversion - fixed costs, capital costs of paying interest on invested capital, paying back capital

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Heat Transfer and Storage

  • Principles of Thermodynamics

  • Idealized Cycles

  • Electricity as Energy Carrier

  • Pollution from Heat Engines

  • The Private Car

  • Economics of Energy Conversion

  • Exercises

  • References