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Journal of Thermodynamics
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 130692, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/130692
Research Article

Ideal Thermodynamic Cycle Analysis for the Meletis-Georgiou Vane Rotary Engine Concept

Thermal Engines Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, 26500 Rion-Patras, Greece

Received 1 December 2009; Accepted 5 May 2010

Academic Editor: Pedro Jorge Martins Coelho

Copyright © 2010 Demos P. Georgiou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Meletis-Georgiou is a patented Vane Rotary Engine concept that incorporates separate compression-expansion chambers and a modified Otto (or Miller) cycle, characterized by (Exhaust) Gas Recirculation at elevated pressures. This is implemented by transferring part of the expansion chamber volume into the compression one through the coordinated action of two vane diaphragms. This results into a very high gas temperature at the end of the compression, something that permits autoignition under all conditions for a Homogeneous Compression Ignition (HCCI) version of the engine. The relevant parametric analysis of the ideal cycle shows that the new cycle gives ideal thermal efficiencies of the order of 60% to 70% under conditions corresponding to homogeneous compression engines but at reduced pressures when compared against the corresponding Miller cycle.