Thursday, July 26, 2012

1207.5878 (Timothy Chumley et al.)

From billiards to thermodynamics    [PDF]

Timothy Chumley, Scott Cook, Renato Feres
We explore some beginning steps in stochastic thermodynamics of billiard-like mechanical systems by introducing extremely simple and explicit random mechanical processes capable of exhibiting steady-state irreversible thermodynamical behavior. In particular, we describe a Markov chain model of a minimalistic heat engine and numerically study its operation and efficiency.
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