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98.4F October 27, 2000 05:12

Isentropic expansion
In producing supersonic flow in a nozzle by assuming no friction or heat loss how does the flow become isentropic? No hat loss should mean adiabatic but then why do they call it isentroic also and say the entropy along a path is constant?

A. Taurchini October 27, 2000 07:03

Re: Isentropic expansion
Did you study the second principle of thermodynamics ?


K.S.Ravichandran October 27, 2000 08:45

Re: Isentropic expansion
An isentropic flow is a reversible adiabatic flow. When we say isentreopic flow we also mean that the flow is smooth (reversible). If the flow is merely adiabatic, there is certainly no heat exchange with the surroundings but the entropy of the particles can certainly change if there are shocks for example. This is also true of a thermally insulated nozzle flow with friction: flow is adiabatic but not isentropic because it is not reversible.


Dietmar Giebert October 27, 2000 08:51

Re: Isentropic expansion
In your equation, I am missing one term which corresponds to thermal-energy production due to viscous dissipation (w_viscous).

ds=dq/T + w_viscous/T

By this equation, isentropic flow means

1.) adiabatic walls and no vicous effects (friction) or 2.) rate of thermal-energy production by viscous dissipation equals the the rate of heat through the walls.

Maurizio Barbato October 27, 2000 09:36

Re: Isentropic expansion

no shocks, no friction = no dissipation

The corollary of second principle of thermodynamics (known as principle of increase of entropy S) says:

(dS)_adiabatic >= 0

The equality sign holds when no dissipation is involved (i.e. reversible process). If dissipation plays a role, then the inequality applies.

Ravi said the same using different words.



John C. Chien October 28, 2000 10:44

Re: Isentropic expansion
(1). Flow through a supersonic nozzle in real world will have viscous loss through the boundary layer, along with the wall heat transfer, not to mention the shock waves in the supersonic flow section and the exit section. (2). So, the real world problem is not easy to solve. (3). In the hypothetical (idealized, or theoretical) world, these effect can be ignored mathematically, one by one. And in the thermodynamic h-s diagram, you can plot a point on it based on the assumed state of the inlet flow (uniform, constant pressure, enthalpy, etc.) then draw a vertical line (constant entropy line)from the point. Each point along this line will represent the end state of the flow in an isentropic process between the inlet and the end state. (4). The process along the constant-s line is called isentropic process. It is "reversible" because you can move from state-A to state-B, then back to state-A. It is not real and it does not exist. It is there only on paper in h-s diagram. So, you can not have wall boundary layer, viscous loss, wall heat transfer, internal mixing, internal shock waves,.... So, it has nothing to do with the real world. It is almost useless. (5). But, it will give you something simple to work with, as a guide or reference.

A. Taurchini October 30, 2000 07:48

Re: Isentropic expansion
I miss nothing in my equation since 98.4 F says that the flow is frictionless. Moreover he's not talking about the presence of shocks in the nozzle field so I didn't find the necessity to talk about it. Bye

Bob Anderson November 4, 2000 16:57

Re: Isentropic expansion
I think the question to ask yourself is not what makes it "become isentropic," but what makes it "become nonisentropic", i.e., what would be the possible modes of entropy production? If there are none, its an isentropic process. Some modes of entropy production are heat transfer, turbulence, and shock waves.

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