This paper explores and challenges the underlying basis of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics and its related equations define the relationship between thermal energy and its conversion into mechanical work. The second law of thermodynamics and its equations are based on theory developed by analysis of the Carnot cycle, then with a leap of faith, applies this theory and these equations to the Rankine cycle and to the general conversion of thermal energy into mechanical energy. This paper explores the original analysis, which forms the basis of the second law of thermodynamics, and offers new analysis which may form a new understanding of thermodynamics. If proven correct, this new understanding may unlock tremendous resources for the production of mechanical and electrical energy.
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Reflections on the Motive Power of Heat II
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Mahl, GJ, III. "Reflections on the Motive Power of Heat II." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability. ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Volume 1. Phoenix, Arizona, USA. May 17–22, 2010. pp. 447-450. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ES2010-90006
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