The Carnot Cycle: The Most Efficient
Heat Engine Cycle
•The most efficient heat engine cycle is the Carnot cycle, consisting of two isothermal
processes and two adiabatic processes. The Carnot cycle can be thought of as the most efficient heat engine cycle allowed by physical laws. When the second law of thermodynamics states that not all the supplied heat in a heat engine can be used to do work, the Carnot efficiency sets the limiting value on the fraction of the heat which can be so used.