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what is a sankey diagram

a diagram that shows the different energy transfers made by a device and therefore how efficient it is


what would a sankey diagram for an electric motor with 80% efficiency look like

- the total energy supplied to motor would be at the beginning of the arrow (100J)
- the useful energy transferred to kinetic energy stores (80J) would be a thick arrow going straight
- the energy wasted to thermal energy stores (20J) would be a small arrow stemming off from the whole arrow, pointing down


what does the thickness of the arrow in a sankey diagram represent

- how much energy is being transferred
- the length has nothing to do with it


what are the 2 main methods of reducing the amount of energy thats wasted

- lubrication
-thermal insulation


what does decreasing the amount of wasted energy mean

- a higher proportion of supplied energy is transferred to useful stores
- so the efficiency of the process is increased


what force acts against anything that moves, not in a vacuum

a frictional force


how does friction contribute to wasted energy

- friction transfers energy mechanically as work is done against friction
- to the thermal energy store of the objects involved
- which is then dissipated by heating to the surroundings


explain how pushing a box on the floor generate friction and a lack of efficiency

- pushing box along the ground causes energy to be transferred mechanically
- to the thermal energy stores of the box and the ground
- this energy is then radiated away to the thermal energy store of the surroundings


in what situation would be lubricants only be useful when reducing amount of wasted energy

if objects that are touching each other are involved


how do lubricants reduce the amount of wasted energy

- they are used to reduce the amount of friction between the objects surfaces when they move
- because they are usually liquids like oil
- which can flow easily between objects and coat them


what happens when one side of an object is heated and what does this cause

- the particles in the hotter part vibrate more and collide with each other
- this transfers energy from their kinetic energy stores to other particles, which then vibrate faster
- this is conduction


what is thermal conductivity

a term used to describe how well a material transfers energy by conduction


what is the difference in thermal conductivity of a metal and gases

- metals have high thermal conductivity
- gases have a low thermal conductivity


in a building, what does a lower thermal conductivity of its walls result in

- a slower rate of energy transfer through them
- meaning the building will cool more slowly


what are cavity walls

an inner and an outer wall with an air gap in the middle


why do some houses have cavity walls

- because the air gap reduces the amount of energy transferred by conduction
- due to air having a lower thermal conductivity


why do some houses have thicker walls

- it helps with the insulation of heat
- the thicker the wall, the slower the rate of energy transfer


what is the reason for the difference in thermal conductivity between metals and gases

- it is due to how tightly packed the particles are, allowing for the kinetic energy to be passed on from one particle to another
- metal is denser, meaning it has more particles in the same volume so kinetic energy can be passed at a quicker rate