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Ecological Performance of a Generalized Radiative System Light-Driven Engine (LDE) With [A] ⇌ [B] Reacting System Improved by Controlling Piston Motion

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Huijun Feng, Kang Ma, Lingen Chen, Shaojun Xia

Naval University of Engineering, Wuhan, China

Paper No. IMECE2018-86252, pp. V06BT08A004; 12 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6B: Energy
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, November 9–15, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5208-8
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


This paper introduces the ecological criterion (EC) into the optimal configuration problem of an irreversible light-driven engine (LDE) under the assumption that heat transfer (HT) between the working fluid (WF) and the surroundings is presumed to abide by the generalized radiative heat transfer law (HTL) [q ∝ Δ(Tn) ]. The WF is made up of the reacting system [A] ⇌ [B] , and the primary irreversibilities corresponding to the practical engine are the piston friction and heat conduction with the WF operating at a nonzero rate and far from equilibrium. Meantime, in order to obtain the optimal paths (OPs) for maximum ecological performance (EP) of the engine, the optimal control theory (OCT) is utilized in this paper. Numerical calculations of the OPs at maximum EP with linear phenomenological (n = −1), Newton’s (n = 1) and radiative (n = 4) HTLs are performed. The results derived by maximum EP are compared with those derived by maximum work output (WO) and minimum entropy generation (EG) as well as different HTLs. The results obtained in this paper indicate that utilizing the maximum EC as the design objective could effectively accomplish the EG reduction with a little decrease in the WO. Moreover, the OPs for maximum EP with different HTLs are quite different.

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Topics: Engines , Pistons



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