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BibTex format

author = {Taleb, AI and Timmer, MAG and El-Shazly, MY and Samoilov, A and Kirillov, VA and Markides, CN},
doi = {10.1016/},
journal = {Energy},
pages = {250--265},
title = {A single-reciprocating-piston two-phase thermofluidic prime-mover},
url = {},
volume = {104},
year = {2016}

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AB - We explore theoretically a thermodynamic heat-engine concept that has the potential of attaining a high efficiency and power density relative to competing solutions, while having a simple construction with few moving parts and dynamic seals, allowing low capital and operating costs, and long lifetimes. Specifically, an unsteady heat-engine device within which a working uid undergoes a power cycle featuring phase-change, termed the `Evaporative Reciprocating-Piston Engine' (ERPE), is considered as a potential prime mover foruse in combined heat and power (CHP) applications. Based on thermal/uid-electrical analogies, a theoretical ERPE device is conceptualized initially in the electrical-analogy domain as a linearized, closed-loop active electronic circuit model. The circuit-model representation is designed to potentially exhibit high efficiencies compared to similar, existing two-phase unsteady heat engines. From the simplified circuit model in the electrical domain, and using the thermal/uid-electrical analogies, one possible configuration of a correspondingphysical ERPE device is derived, based on an early prototype of a device currently under development that exhibits some similarities with the ERPE, and used as a physical manifestation of the proposed concept. The corresponding physical ERPE device relies on the alternating phase change of a suitable working-fluid (here, water) to drive a reciprocating displacement of a single vertical piston and to produce sustained oscillations of thermodynamic properties within an enclosed space. Four performance indicators are considered: the operational frequency, the power output, the exergy efficiency, and the heat input/temperature difference imposed externally on the device's heat exchangers that is necessary to sustain oscillations. The effects of liquidinertia, viscous drag, hydrostatic pressure, vapour compressibility and two-phase heat transfer in the various engine components/compartments a
AU - Taleb,AI
AU - Timmer,MAG
AU - El-Shazly,MY
AU - Samoilov,A
AU - Kirillov,VA
AU - Markides,CN
DO - 10.1016/
EP - 265
PY - 2016///
SN - 0360-5442
SP - 250
TI - A single-reciprocating-piston two-phase thermofluidic prime-mover
T2 - Energy
UR -
UR -
VL - 104
ER -