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Ecological optimization for generalized irreversible Carnot engines

Lingen Chen, Jianping Zhou, Fengrui Sun and Chih Wu

Applied Energy, 2004, vol. 77, issue 3, 327-338

Abstract: The optimal ecological performance of a Newton's law generalized irreversible Carnot engine with losses due to heat-resistance, heat leak and internal irreversibility is derived by taking an ecological optimization criterion as the objective. This consists of maximizing a function representing the best compromise between the power and entropy production rate of the heat engine. A numerical example is given to show the effects of heat leakage and internal irreversibility on the optimal performance of the generalized irreversible heat-engine.

Keywords: Finite-time; thermodynamics; Heat; engine; Ecological; optimization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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