**Topic of discussion: Isentropic process**

**Isentropic Definition**

A typical case of an adiabatic process that has no transfer of heat or matter through the process while the

entropyof the system remains constant is known as anisentropic process.

The thermodynamic process where the **entropy **of the gas or fluid remains constant can also be coined as the reversible adiabatic process. This type of process that is both adiabatic in nature and internally reversible while considering that it is frictionless enables the engineering sector to view this as an idealized process and a model for comparing actual processes.

Ideally, enthalpy of the system is used in the particular isentropic process as the only variables changing are internal energy **dU **and system volume **ΔV **while the entropy remains unchanged.

The **T-s** diagram for an isentropic process is plotted based on the known traits varying from different states such as the pressure and temperature quantity. Since,

** ΔS = 0 or s1 = s2**

And,

**H = U + PV**

They are intrinsically related to the first law of thermodynamics in terms of enthalpy measure. Since it both reversible and adiabatic, the equations formed would be as follows:

In enthalpy terms,

Or,

The water, refrigerants, and ideal gas can be derived using the equations in the molar form to deal with the enthalpy and temperature relation. At the same time, the specific entropy of the system remains unchanged.

From the enthalpy equation abiding by the first law of thermodynamics, **VdP **is considered a flow process work where a mass flow is involved as work is required to transfer the fluid in or out of the boundaries of the control volume. This flow energy (work) is generally utilized for systems with the difference in pressure **dP, **like an open flow system found in turbines or pumps. By simplifying the energy transfer description, it is derived that enthalpy change is equivalent to flow energy or process work done on or by the system at constant entropy.

For,

**Isentropic process for an ideal gas**

Now, for an ideal gas, the isentropic process where entropy changes are involved can be represented as:

Integrating and rearranging,

(this is by assuming constant specific heats)

Where k is the specific heat ratio

Now, setting

Consolidated expressions of the three relations of the equations in compact form can be projected as:

If the specific heat constant assumptions are invalid, the entropy change would be:

If the numerator of the above equation is construed as the relative pressure, then:

Pressure vs temperature values are tabulated against each other. Hence, the ideal gas relation produces:

Defining the relative specific volume,

**Isentropic process derivation**

The total energy change in a system:

A reversible condition involving work with pressure is,

As established earlier,

For isentropic,

And,

Now,

Capacity ratio:

Where, r=density

As dS=0,

After substitution of PV=rRT equation in the above equation,

Differentiating,

Substituting the gamma equation,

Simplifying the equation:

Integrating,

For the flow brought to rest isentropically, the total pressure and density occurring can be evaluated as a constant.

**pt **being the total pressure and **rt** being the total density of the system.

Now, by combining the equations:

**Isentropic work equation**

While satisfying the isentropic equations respectively under enthalpy and entropy values.

**Isentropic turbine and isentropic expansion**

For the purpose of calculations, the adiabatic process for the steady flow devices such as turbines, compressors or pumps is ideally generated as an isentropic process. Specific ratios are evaluated for calculating the efficiency of steady flow machines by including parameters that intrinsically affect the overall system of the process.

Typically, the particular device’s efficiency ranges from **0.7-0.9, **which is about **70-90%**.

While,

**Summary and conclusion**

The Isentropic process, ideally known as a reversible adiabatic process, is exclusively used in the various thermodynamic cycles such as **Carnot, Otto, Diesel, Rankine, Brayton** cycle and so on. The numerous mathematical equations and tables plotted utilizing the isentropic process parameters are basically used to determine the efficiency of gases and flows of the systems that are steady in nature such as turbines, compressors, nozzles, etc.

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