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Optimal paths of piston motion of irreversible diesel cycle for minimum entropy generation

Author(s): Ge Yanlin | Chen Lingen | Sun Fengrui

Journal: Thermal Science
ISSN 0354-9836

Volume: 15;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 975;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: finite rate of combustion | Newton’s heat transfer law | irreversible Diesel cycle heat engine | minimum entropy generation | optimal piston motion trajectories | finite time thermodynamics

A Diesel cycle heat engine with internal and external irreversibility’s of heat transfer and friction, in which the finite rate of combustion is considered and the heat transfer between the working fluid and the environment obeys Newton’s heat transfer law [q≈ Δ(T)], is studied in this paper. Optimal piston motion trajectories for minimizing entropy generation per cycle are derived for the fixed total cycle time and fuel consumed per cycle. Optimal control theory is applied to determine the optimal piston motion trajectories for the cases of with piston acceleration constraint on each stroke and the optimal distribution of the total cycle time among the strokes. The optimal piston motion with acceleration constraint for each stroke consists of three segments, including initial maximum acceleration and final maximum deceleration boundary segments, respectively. Numerical examples for optimal configurations are provided, and the results obtained are compared with those obtained when maximizing the work output with Newton’s heat transfer law. The results also show that optimizing the piston motion trajectories could reduce engine entropy generation by more than 20%. This is primarily due to the decrease in entropy generation caused by heat transfer loss on the initial portion of the power stroke.
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