Thermodynamic Principles



This chapter provides criteria by which to judge the performance of internal combustion engines. Most important are the thermodynamic cycles based on ideal gases undergoing ideal processes. However, internal combustion engines follow a mechanical cycle, not a thermodynamic cycle. The start and end points are mechanically the same in the cycle for an internal combustion engine, whether it is a two-stroke or four-stroke mechanical cycle.


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© Richard Stone 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brunel UniversityUxbridgeUK

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