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Realtime numerical simulation of the Carnot cycle 
Jaroslaw Hurkala ^{1}, Monika Gall ^{3}, Ryszard Kutner ^{3}, Mirosław Maciejczyk ^{2,3} 
1. Warsaw University of Technology, Koszykowa 75, Warsaw 00662, Poland 
Abstract 
We developed a highly interactive, multiwindows Java applet which made it possible to simulate and visualize within any platform and internet the Carnot cycle (or engine) in a realtime computer experiment. We extended our previous model and algorithm (Galant et al 2003 Heat Transfer, Newton's Law of Cooling and the Law of Entropy Increase Simulated by the RealTime Computer Experiments in Java (Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol 2657) pp 45–53, Gall and Kutner 2005 Molecular mechanisms of heat transfer: Debye relaxation versus powerlaw Physica A 352 347–78) to simulate not only the heat flow but also the macroscopic movement of the piston. Since in reality it is impossible to construct a reversible Carnot engine, the question arises whether it is possible to simulate it at least in a numerical experiment? The positive answer to this question which we found is related to our model and algorithm which make it possible to omit the manybody problem arising when many gas particles simultaneously interact with the mobile piston. As usual, the considerations of phenomenological thermodynamics began with a study of the basic properties of heat engines, hence our approach, besides intrinsic physical significance, is also important from the educational, technological and even environmental points of view.
European Journal of Physics 26 (2005), 673. 
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