Definitions for "CARNOT CYCLE"
An ideal heat engine (conceived by Sadi Carnot) in which the sequence of operations forming the working cycle consists of isothermal expansion, adiabatic expansion, isothermal compression, and adiabatic compression back to its initial state.
an ideal series of states through which a heat engine may move, which maximizes the amount of heat converted into work. The Carnot cycle consists of two isothermal processes and two adiabatic processes.
the most efficient thermal cycle possible, consisting of four reversible processes, two isothermal and two adiabatic (see figure 13.9)