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Engine Simulation

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Throughout this applet, we are developing the base code for what we believe to be a powerful and general approach to educational software: computer simulations that allow students to interact with different components of a complex real world phenomenon.The simulation shown here is of a 4-stroke internal combustion engine. The thermodynamic cycle being simulated is the Otto cycle, which involves an isentropic compression, an explosion at constant volume, a isentropic expansion, and the release of the exhaust at constant volume to return to the original pressure. The initial interface allows for students to interact with the ideal-gas law portion of the simulation.

For your convenience, you can additionally [download] and run this applet offline as a standalone application.


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