Thermodynamics and Energy


Are the Kelvin and Clausius Statements of the Second Law of Thermodynamics Mutually Consistent?

Authors: Radhakrishnamurty Padyala

The most standard and fundamental statements of the second law of thermodynamics are those of Kelvin and Clausius. They form the foundation for the structure of thermodynamics. Essentially they are statements of impossibility of certain processes in nature. Every standard book on thermodynamics ritualistically demonstrates the consistency between these two statements by showing violation of one leads to violation of the other. We show in this note, that the two statements are mutually inconsistent. That is, we show violation of one does not lead to violation of the other. We adopt a procedure similar to the one used by Fermi for our demonstration.

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