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How to know which efficiencies to take into account when calculating power of a certain part of a power transmission system?

I have an example which I am not certain about: So It consists of a friction wheel, whose power $P_{fw}$ we know. The power is used to power the driven machine $Dm$ on a shaft that lies on 2 bearings,...
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Most efficient turbine for harnessing energy from bidirectional air flow?

I am currently working on designing an oscillating water column as part of a project. In summary: OWC are devices with a semi-submerged chamber or hollow open to the sea below, keeping a trapped ...
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Effect of Pressure on Combustion efficiency (of hydrogen) in excess air

Can somebody explain relation between combustion efficiency and pressure in lean mixtures using any kind of chart or mathematical equations? At first glance I thought, combustion efficiency increases ...
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Does utilizing exhaust energy to supercharge (“turbocharging”) increase the thermal efficiency of a gasoline internal combustion engine?

The work done by a turbocharger increases the inlet charge without much of a burden to the exhaust flow. This increases the amount of air (and fuel) that flows into the engine. How does this affect ...
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Do 3 blade wind turbines generate more power than a 9 blade, all else being equal?

After doing some research, I have come to the realization that 3 blade design horizontal turbines have the greatest maximum coefficient of performance. Most sources seem to agree a Cp of ~0.45 at TSR=...
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Efficiency of an engine

What is meant by thermodynamic efficiency of an engine? and what are the factors that affect the thermodynamic efficiency of a diesel engine?
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Refute my assumption: Bearings Don't Improve Efficiency

If two surfaces rub together with a normal force between them, friction is generated. You could add lubrication between those two surfaces and reduce that friction. Bearings essentially consist of ...
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Is it true that four-wheel drive is less efficient and if so, why?

I have heard many times that four-wheel drive is less efficient than two-wheel drive. Many car producers have a normal drive mode where only two wheels are powered, and turn the four-wheel drive on ...
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calculating the efficiency of a microwave oven

If I want to calculate the efficiency of a microwave oven, I have the input Energy (= power (watts) x time (s)) and the output which I measured using temperature difference (q=mct). So do I divide ...
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Would some manufacturing processes be more efficient if driven differentially by a single motor, up to ~150 kW, than multiple lower-rated motors?

I'm writing a discussion paper on the potential energy efficiency benefits of integrating different manufacturing processes by co-location on the same site. One possible field for integration is in ...
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What is the difference between a diffuser and a duct in turbines?

I have been reading this paper, which addresses the advantages of diffusers in cross flow turbines. The abstract says (emphasis is mine): A CP’s extraordinary improving resulted when yaw increased ...
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Calculate Efficiency Loss of a Leak in a Hydraulic Cylinder

I am trying to figure out what the efficiency loss of a leaking hydraulic cylinder is. This master's thesis found that a controllable pitch propeller (essentially a hydraulic cylinder inside a ...
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Converting grams of fuel per kWh of energy

Is there a database showing how many grams of a particular fuel generates how many Kilowatt hours of electricity?
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how would one calculate the % of heat not absorbed by a heat sink?

I'm planning on building a plant growth chamber inside a sealed/insulated 55 g rain barrel, and I'm trying to figure out how much of the heat from my lights will enter the chamber, and how much ...
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How is the Ampyx Power plain generating energy? [closed]

This is what I'm talking about: Wikipedia Youtube video 1 Youtube video 2 Official site Can you please explain me on how this plane is generating energy? Reeling back the aircraft should consume the ...
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How to calculate actual efficiency of a steam turbine

What are the parameters required to calculate the overall efficiency of a steam turbine and how to calculate. Is there are certain assumptions to be made while calculating the overall efficiency of a ...
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Should I run 2-wheeler at constant speed?

I have been recommended not to run the two-wheeler (Suzuki Access) at a constant speed (I give a constant throttle in a way that I run essentially at a constant speed of about 40-45 kmph). In fact, I ...
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Efficiency and NOx emission of lean burn gas engines

I have a question regarding the efficiency of lean burn gas engines. Maybe it is just a confusion concerning the terminology of "thermal efficiency", "brake mean pressure", "brake thermal efficiency" ...
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Why regenerator “wheels” in a turbine engine?

Back in the early 60s, Chrysler built a turbine car powered by a turbine engine it had under development. An interesting feature of the engine was a regenerator system to recover heat from the gases ...
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What are the limiting factors on diesel engine compression ratios?

Higher compression ratios in internal combustion engines generally improve the engine's fuel efficiency. But diesel engines don't seem to go above a ratio of 25 or so. What is the limiting factor for ...
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Energy consumption of a boiler

I have a question that maybe will be very easy for you. I am working on a district heating model using Dymola, and now I have to incorporate a boiler into my model, such as this one. I was asked to ...
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What is the fraction of power transmitted to the generator in full-hybrid cars?

In full-hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius, usually both internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric motor produces mechanical power to the wheels at cruise. But some of the mechanical power produced ...
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Thermal efficiency affected by hertz (Gas turbine)

Take the LMS100 gas turbine for example. Why does the efficiency change when generating power in 50 or 60hz waveform?
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What is the explanation why Pulse and Glide is more energy-efficient for trains [closed]

I read that trains in pratice instead of acceleration to a certain speed level and holding the speed, they accelerate and then cost, accelerate again, und keep this pattern. This was shown by ...
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Natural gas boiler Vs. Electric Heater efficiency

If a facility buys natural gas at 8 dollars/Mcf to provide heating from an 85% efficient natural gas boiler, what is the equivalent cost of electricity ($/kWh) for a 95% efficient electric heater? I'...
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How is the energy production of solar and wind compared with the prospect of nuclear fusion? [closed]

I am trying to find reliable information and comparisons about the energy production of renewable energy technologies, specifically, how solar and wind alternatives compare to nuclear fusion. Why is ...
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What is the maximum efficiency of a mechanical electric generator?

If we apply a simple push to rotate a system of gears to generate electricity, what is the maximum practical and theoretical power efficiency of the system, assuming the push as the only source of ...
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Has anyone achieved significant energy savings by increasing the cooling setpoints in retrofit office buildings, in practice?

I have a simulation based research vs. practical experience type question: There are a number of academic research papers available which claim 20% to 40% cooling energy savings by increasing the ...
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How the COP differs for a Vapor Compression Chiller without the U*A values of Evaporator/Condenser?

I am trying to find the COP of a VCR system. I can reach the COP with using the EES(Engineering Equation Solver), without dealing with the UA values, i.e. just with the energy balances for the cycle. ...
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Radioactive Materials to Energy AT HOME

Is there a way to use a radioactive elements (Americium in my case, but for demo, any radioactive material) to create a usable amount of energy (Power small LED?) AT HOME! Using materials that can be ...
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Can you use the kinetic energy of air to power a car?

In my fluid mechanics class, I've learned that a fluid traveling in a pipe will generate a force when the exit area is smaller then the entrance area. Suppose a pipe is attached to a car that will use ...
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Can combined cycle turbines be small enough for trains?

Combined Cycle Turbines are a gas turbine whose exhaust heat powers a second turbine running on steam. These can get thermal efficiencies greater than 50%, whereas a plain turbine would get 30 to 35%. ...
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cycle efficiency for (otto -diesel -dual) at constant Pr & Temp

It's written that at constant pressure & temperature for Otto & Diesel cycles the efficiency of diesel is more than efficiency of Otto. Efficiency = Work / Heat added = 1- (Heat rejected / ...
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What is the difference (if any) in capacity factors and efficiency between reservoir hydropower and run-of-river power plants?

My question is about differences between reservoir-hydropower and run-of-river power plants. Are run-of-river plants less efficient? what would be an approximate guess of the differences? (assuming ...
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Efficiency of off road vehicles [closed]

Im working on efficienxy of heavy vehicle. Since i never had any experience with this kimd of things ( cars ) i dont have so much insight in what kind of efficiencys are important in vehicle. I have ...
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What is the difference between Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth BR/EDR in Park mode?

It is known that Bluetooth Low Energy transmits data only during short time intervals called Connection Events. Connection events occur regullary with predefined period. The rest of the time Bluetooth ...
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Power/Efficiency of expanding air-flow

Assuming, I've got a machine, that runs with pressurized air and provides the following measurements: $\dot m$ - mass-flow through the machine (same for input and output) $p_{1}$ - input pressure $...
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What is the theoretical maximum energy efficiency of hydro turbines?

From what I've read it seems that hydro turbines can theoretically achieve 100% energy conversion from kinetic to electrical energy. However, I just wanted to double check if this was true.
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Best fuel for supercar engines

To experienced supercar owners/engineers: What is the best fuel for a turbocharged 6 liter V8, 7.6 liter V10, or 9.2 liter V12 (Audi R8 or Lamborghini Aventador type cars) in terms of speed/...
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What's more energy efficient: fewer air conditioners working at max capacity or more working at part capacity?

The central heat and air in the house I'm renting is unable to keep the house below 80 °F during the hot summer here (100 °F days). We've had 3 HVAC techs out to look at it and they all say there's "...
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Calculate efficiency of water heating

I have a heating system with which I heat up 10 liters of water by 24.2°C in 610 seconds. My system consumed 0.5 KW of electric energy in this time. Now I used this formula: Specific heat ...
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Transporting water uphill at the highest efficiency possible?

I have a passing interest in water desalination projects. One of the challenges of desalination is simply moving the water from the ocean to the desalination plant. Typically the plant is built above ...
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Relationship Between Gear Ratio and DC Motor Power Consumption

In my class, we are currently trying to understand the relationship between gear ratio and motor power consumption. Given two gears, one attached to a motor, and the other attached to a string ...
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Daylighting, how to improve coverage

I am doing this daylighting project for which we must bring the light far down into a bunker. I have found . I have heard and read that the quantity of light that you bring in a cable decreases, 60% ...
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Difference in energy consumption between empty fridge and fridge filled with bottles of water

I have about 12 bottles of water. If I want to minimize the energy consumption of my refrigerator, should I put these bottles in the fridge or leave them out?
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Are there any methods to work out what appliances are running in my home from an aggregate power consumption sampled 6 times a minute?

I recently got a gizmo installed at home that samples my electricity usage once every 10 seconds. I've become a little transfixed watching the graph update as various appliances in my home turn on and ...
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Equations relevant to gravity powered clocks and machines such as the gravity light

What equations are needed to describe the forces and properties of the kind of mechanisms used in a machine that harnesses the gravitational potential energy of a suspended weight to rotate the shaft ...
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What theoretical efficiencies can wind / hydro turbines achieve? [closed]

The high water has some energy E = mgh. In the basic school, we were told that hydropower plants extract the energy of "falling water". Now, that banned principle says that if your water falls upon ...
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Third Rail vs Overhead Cable: which is more efficient in terms of electricity consumption?

I'm well aware that there are many different factors to be considered, such as ease of installation/maintenance, conversion from AC to DC, environment, distance, speed, frequency of turns, and so ...
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Why isn't trash ground into dust and used as fuel? [closed]

Combustible dust is known as an explosion hazard, especially in large factories etc. They can create powerful explosions and bring down entire buildings if it is disturbed by a large enough vibration ...