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author = {Wang, Y and Markides, CN and Chachuat, B},
doi = {10.1016/j.ifacol.2018.09.343},
journal = {IFAC-PapersOnLine},
pages = {690--695},
title = {Optimization-based investigations of a thermofluidic engine for low-grade heat recovery},
url = {},
volume = {51},
year = {2018}

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AB - This paper presents an analysis of the non-inertive-feedback thermofluidic engine (NIFTE) under cyclic steady-state conditions. The analysis is based on a nonlinear model of NIFTE that had previously been validated experimentally, and applies an optimization-based approach to detect the cyclic steady states (CSS). The stability of the CSS is furthermore determined by analyzing their monodromy matrix. It is found that NIFTE can exhibit multiple CSS for certain values of the design parameters, which may be either stable or unstable, a result that had not been reported before. Subsequently, a parametric study is conducted by varying key design parameters, revealing that higher efficiencies could be achieved by controlling the engine at different CSS, including unstable ones. Lastly, the paper investigates the trade-offs between efficiency and work output in NIFTE.
AU - Wang,Y
AU - Markides,CN
AU - Chachuat,B
DO - 10.1016/j.ifacol.2018.09.343
EP - 695
PY - 2018///
SN - 2405-8963
SP - 690
TI - Optimization-based investigations of a thermofluidic engine for low-grade heat recovery
T2 - IFAC-PapersOnLine
UR -
UR -
VL - 51
ER -