Intermediate Thermodynamics Questions & Answers  
Question by Student 201427145
I would like to ask about applying polytropic process when I get the heat transferred to air in Assignment Q#6-(b). $\delta$Q, dV, dT, dP is not Zero. So I assumed it's a Polytropic Process that various processes were mixed. Given that $T_1$=294K, $V_1=0.0283m^2$, $V_2=0.038m^3$(It coule be induced through 6-(a)), $P_1=103kN/m^2, P_2=206kN/m^2, n_{air}$=1.2mole(From Ideal gas law), $C_{v.air}$=717J/kgK
Definition of Polytropic Process:
$P_1V_1^n=P_2V_2^n$---n=-2.352(It's negative)
Ideal Gas Law-$PV=n\bar{R}T$:
1st Law of Thermodynamics:
d(me)+PdV=$\delta$Q ($\delta$W=0 because it's frictionless)
Recall, $PV^n=C(Polytropic), u=c_vT$(Calorically Perfect gas) and Integrate on both side:
It's 1.5% error with answer even though Polytropic exponent is negative. In the wikipedia, negative exponents reflect a process where work and heat flow simultaneously in or out of the system. For this reason, Can not I apply the polytropic process?
It's a good effort but your solution and the answer are off. You can not assume $n$ is constant in this process for the air. As the heat is added, $n$ will vary. You need to rather set the pressure of the argon equal to the one of the air. If you assume a polytropic process for the air, I'll give you A0 at the most. Also, please use \$\$ instead of \$ for long mathematical expressions — this will make your post easier to read.
Question by Student 201900041
Hello professor, I would like to ask you a question about assignement #4. In the question #6, it is asked to find the temperature at the exit of the duct and then the heat transfer. So I started with the conservation of energy equation but because it not equal to 0 (because of the heat) I suppose I have to find the temperature seperatly and then substitute it to equation in order to find the heat transfer. But I guess it can't be as simple as P = pRT. Could you give me a hint of the assumption that can be make ? Also, during the lecture, we only studied examples where the velocity of fluid was assumed as low, so it simplified a lot the equation (uniform property among the volume). But which speed do you consider as low and what is limit for which you can not do this assumption?
You should take into consideration kinetic energy (flow speed) when it's possible to do so. Thus, if there is enough information to determine velocity of the gas, then take into account kinetic energy. Otherwise, there is no choice but to neglect it.
Question by Student 201900041
Professor, for the question #6 Assignement 4, can we make the Steady State assumption ? So the system is independant regarding to the time? Thanks for your previous quick answer.
As much as possible try to set things up so that the system is at steady-state — this will simplify things. Thus, when solving a problem choose the reference frame of the control volume such that the properties don't vary in time anywhere within that volume.
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