hence and hence since

(l-e)(T-l) + r<y-l)ln(Trc) (y-l)[T(ln r-t In rc)-r-In rc+1 j (I e)(T—1)1 r(y- l)(ln t Hn rc) (y-1)[r(lnr- 1)4 (r- l)ln rc+ I] (1 —e)(r- l)+r(y— l)(ln r + ln rj


(ill Ideal constant-presstire heating, constant-volume cooling, cycle

11ère henee anil hence since and for f = I


Ty(. = T| > ^ Ty 7*3 (y-l)tT{l + ln(rc/T)>-(l t-i-HnrjH]

y(l-e)(r-l) + T(Y-l)ln(rc/r) (Y-l)[T(Hln(rc/r)}-(l+lnrc)1 Y(l-6)(r-l) I T(7-l)ln(rc/r)

77ie Rallis rtiii«/)«irc cycle

Rallis (I976)t has also investigated another composite cycle in which the processes of compression and expansion are assumed to be adiahatic (without heat transfer) rather than the isothermal processes assumed

: Prívale cótmtuinicurioit.

Flo. 2.9. Tlic Rallis adiabatic regenerative cycle. In this cyclc the processes of compression and expansion arc adiabatic. The regenerative processes take place partly at constant-volume and partly constant-pressure conditions. The working llmd is heated regcneratively to temperature Tr and the cycle heat is supplied to increase the temperature to 7\.

above. The cycle is shown in lig. 2.9. As before another whole family of special cases may be derived from the generalized case.

In practical engines il is difficult to achieve isothermal compression and expansion. Such processes usually turn out to be polytropic but iu most cases can be adequately represented as adiabatic for the idealized type of analysis considered here.

The Rallis adiabatic cycle is very similar indeed to a composite cycle identified by Hutchinson (1955) as the Walker composite cycle. Professor Rallis has pointed out that Professor Walker, who originated this cycle, was in fact his predecessor at the School of Engineering, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Rallis attributes the development of the cyclc to Professor Walker However Walker's interest appears to have been limited to internal combustion engines and as such he did not consider regenerative processes. As these are fundamental, it appears necessary to distinguish between the adiabatic composite cycle with regenerative processes (Rallis) and without regenerative processes (Walker).

The following treatment was contributed by Rallis (1976).

For convenience in analysis we define the same non-dimensional parameters as used previously except that

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