• Question: Is there a case for thermodynamic systems?

    Asked by matthew to Tadhg on 25 Jun 2015.
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      Tadhg O'Donovan answered on 25 Jun 2015:

      I’m not sure I understand the question. Thermodyamic systems convert energy from one form to another – a very common one, used in power plants is called the Rankine cycle.

      This is where water is pumped (at pressure) into a boiler where it is heated to form steam. The heat can come from anywhere btw – (burning oil/gas or even solar!). The high pressure steam is then used to turn a turbine and generate electricity. It returns to be a low pressure water after the turbine and the cycle can start again.

      So this whole cycle is thermodynamic – using fluids to convert heat energy into electricity.

      Let me know if I answered you Question – or I totally missed the point ? 🙂