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Optimal configuration and performance for a generalized Carnot cycle assuming the heat-transfer law Q[is proportional to]([Delta]T)m

Lingen Chen, Xiaoqin Zhu, Fengrui Sun and Chih Wu

Applied Energy, 2004, vol. 78, issue 3, 305-313

Abstract: The finite-time thermodynamic performance of a generalized Carnot cycle, in which the heat transfer between the working fluid and the heat reservoirs obeys a generalized law Q[is proportional to]([Delta]T)m, is studied. The optimal configuration and the fundamental optimal relation between power output and efficiency of the cycle are derived. Some special examples are discussed. The results can provide some theoretical guidance for the design of practical engines.

Keywords: Heat; engine; Optimal; configuration; Finite; heat-reservoir; Optimal; performance; Power; Efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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