CyclePad is the first articulate virtual laboratory the Qualitative Reasoning Group has implemented. CyclePad enables students to construct and analyze a wide variety of thermodynamic cycles. A hypertext explanation facility provides the student with access to the chain of reasoning underlying the derivation of each value. CyclePad is currently being field-tested in undergraduate engineering classes at Northwestern University, The U.S. Naval Academy, and Oxford University.

Overview of CyclePad

Guided Tour of CyclePad

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Overview of CyclePad Application

For students using CyclePad, download an example file to load into CyclePad
Simple Refrigerator Example File
Simple Heat-Engine Example File