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- Carnot, Lazare Nicolas Marguerite 1753-1823. French military strategist for the Republican armies during the French Revolution. He later held high positions under Napoleon I.
- Carnot, Nicolas Léonard Sadi 1796-1832. French physicist and engineer who founded the science of thermodynamics.
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- n. French physicist who founded thermodynamics (1796-1832)
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The first deduction is known as the Carnot Cycle, the second as Carnot's Theorem.
He also introduced the reversible cycle of a heat enginenow called the Carnot cycle.
"Carnot," he says, although a soldier by profession, "was rather a man with a natural genius for war than an accomplished (_instruit_) officer;" and to the lack of that studious preparation which marked Napoleon he attributes the mistakes which characterized some of Carnot's projects, although as
Solar sails are an “open system,” not the kind of “closed-loop heat engines” that Carnot had in mind.
• A ring of Carnot enthalpy exchangers surrounding the caldera, and
Main discoveries of Sadi Carnot that led to the foundation of thermodynamics (The Carnot Foundation)
Carnot deduced that the efficiency of the engine depended only on the temperature at the heat source and at the heat sink, and not on the temperature of the working substance.
Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796-1832), French physicist who developed the theory behind heat engines.
In Réflexions, Carnot sought to answer two fundamental questions: first, whether there was an upper limit to the power of heat; and second, whether there was a better means than steam to produce this power.
No need to derive the barometric formula or understand Carnot cycles.
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