Thermodynamic Principles of Internal-Combustion Engines

  • John B. Liljedahl
  • Paul K. Turnquist
  • David W. Smith
  • Makoto Hoki


Certain concepts of heat and work are necessary before the operation of the internal-combustion engine can be understood. It is assumed that the student at this point has had an introductory course in heat physics or thermodynamics. This chapter is intended only as a review of pressure-volume-temperature relationships for systems of fixed mass that explain the internalcombustion engine cycle or working process.


Internal Energy Internal Combustion Engine Adiabatic Expansion Fixed Mass Thermodynamic Principle 
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Suggested Reading

  1. Lichty, L. C. Combustion Engine Processes. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1967.Google Scholar
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Liljedahl
    • 1
  • Paul K. Turnquist
    • 2
  • David W. Smith
    • 3
  • Makoto Hoki
    • 4
  1. 1.Agricultural Engineering DepartmentPurdue UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Agricultural Engineering DepartmentAuburn UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Technical Center Deere & CompanyUSA
  4. 4.Department of Agricultural MachineryMie UniversityTsuJapan

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