George A. Tsongas

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Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

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1 online resource (182 p.)


Internal combustion engines -- Thermodynamics -- Computer simulation


In this thesis, applicable data from research on IC engines have been adapted to PACE engine designs. Data from studies on heat transfer, friction, and pressure losses, in particular, have been used. Certain parameters which define operation and design characteristics appear to influence PACE engine performance very strongly. Some of the more critical parameters, notably friction and heat transfer coefficients, must be determined experimentally if accurate model results are to be expected. Pressure ratio, compressor RPM, and maximum combustor temperature, the independent operating parameters, also have a dramatic effect on engine performance. Other design or operating characteristics and working fluid properties are not controlled independently. These are dictated by the engine physical design configuration and operation, ambient conditions, and choice of fuel.


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