A real process may be nearly adiabatic if it occurs over a very short time. How does the short time span help the process to be adiabatic?
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A process is adiabatic when the system does not exchange heat with its surroundings. This can happen in two ways: either you can insulate the system so well that the heat transfer is negligible or you can make the process so fast that there is not enough time for heat exchange (All heat transfer mechanisms: conduction, convection, diffusion and radiation, are time consuming).
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Just how fast a process needs to be to be adiabatic depends on how well the system is insulated. If the system is insulated very well, the adiabatic processes can be a lot slower than when the system is insulated poorly. Even if the system is not insulated at all, there is some timescale below which any process becomes adiabatic.
Textbook: College Physics
Author: Paul Peter Urone, Roger Hinrichs
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