True nature of the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency

True nature of the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency The Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency has long served as the definite upper bound for the thermal efficiency at maximum output power, and has thus shaped the development of finite-time thermodynamics. In this paper, we repeal the ruling consensus according to which it has a genuine universal character that can be derived from linear irreversible thermodynamics. We demonstrate that the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency should instead properly be associated with a particular case of nonlinear heat engines, and we derive a generalized expression for the efficiency at maximum power beyond the restrictive case of linear models. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physical Review E American Physical Society (APS)

True nature of the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency

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True nature of the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency

Abstract

The Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency has long served as the definite upper bound for the thermal efficiency at maximum output power, and has thus shaped the development of finite-time thermodynamics. In this paper, we repeal the ruling consensus according to which it has a genuine universal character that can be derived from linear irreversible thermodynamics. We demonstrate that the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency should instead properly be associated with a particular case of nonlinear heat engines, and we derive a generalized expression for the efficiency at maximum power beyond the restrictive case of linear models.
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The American Physical Society
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Copyright © ©2017 American Physical Society
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1539-3755
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550-2376
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10.1103/PhysRevE.96.022119
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Abstract

The Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency has long served as the definite upper bound for the thermal efficiency at maximum output power, and has thus shaped the development of finite-time thermodynamics. In this paper, we repeal the ruling consensus according to which it has a genuine universal character that can be derived from linear irreversible thermodynamics. We demonstrate that the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency should instead properly be associated with a particular case of nonlinear heat engines, and we derive a generalized expression for the efficiency at maximum power beyond the restrictive case of linear models.

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Physical Review EAmerican Physical Society (APS)

Published: Aug 9, 2017

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