Compression of an Ideal Gas with Temperature-dependent Specific Heat Capacities
Computers in Education Journal
American Society for Engineering Education * Computers in Education Division
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A computer model of the isentropic compression of a gas with temperature-dependent specific heat capacities is presented. Both tabulated data and curve-fits are used to describe the temperature variation of the thermodynamic properties, and a bracketing-bisection algorithm is used to determine the temperature of the air after compression. Students are provided with an example computer code from which to begin. Thus, the approach as described in this study reinforces programming concepts from previous computer courses, without requiring too much effort by the students. Three exercises are presented that make use of this computer model at different levels in the curriculum.
Computer model; Isentropic compression; Temperature variation Engineering controlled terms: Algorithms; Codes (symbols); Computer programming; Curricula; Data acquisition; Mathematical models; Students; Temperature control; Thermodynamic properties, Specific heat
Donald W. Mueller Jr. and Hosni Abu-Mulaweh (2006).
Compression of an Ideal Gas with Temperature-dependent Specific Heat Capacities. Computers in Education Journal.16 (1), 102-112. United States: American Society for Engineering Education * Computers in Education Division.