This 2007 book presents a developed general conceptual and basic
quantitative analysis as well as the theory of mechanical
efficiency of heat engines that a level of ideality and generality
compatible with the treatment given to thermal efficiency in
classical thermodynamics. This yields broad bearing results
concerning the overall cyclic conversion of heat into usable
mechanical energy. The work reveals intrinsic limits on the overall
performance of reciprocating heat engines. The theory describes the
general effects of parameters such as compression ratio and
external or buffer pressure on engine output. It also provides
rational explanations of certain operational characteristics such
as how engines generally behave when supercharged or pressurized.
The results also identify optimum geometric configurations for
engines operating in various regimes from isothermal to adiabatic
and are extended to cover multi-workspace engines and heat pumps.
Limited heat transfer due to finite-time effects have also been
incorporated into the work.
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