Optimal performance of heat engine with infinite heat capacity reservoirs

Christer Nylund, M. El Haj Assad*

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    The optimal energy output of a heat engine based on the Carnot process is studied. The internal irreversibility of the engine is considered by taking into account the entropy generation in the adiabatic processes. The engine is connected to high and low temperature thermal energy reservoirs with infinite heat capacity. The process temperatures and the energy conductivity of heat exchangers that maximizes the energy output have been obtained. The effect of the internal irreversibility on the optimal performance of the engine is shown. Two numerical examples are given.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)127-137
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Energy, Environment and Economics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Heat engine
    • Irreversibility
    • Work


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