Performance evaluation of irreversible Miller engine under various specific heat models

A. Al-Sarkhi, I. Al-Hinti, E. Abu-Nada, B. Akash

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In this paper, the performance of a Miller engine is evaluated under different specific heat models (i.e., constant, linear, and fourth order polynomial). Finite-time thermodynamics is used to derive the relations between power output and thermal efficiency at different compression and expansion ratios for an ideal naturally-aspirated (air-standard) Miller cycle. The effect of the temperature-dependent specific heat of the working fluid on the irreversible cycle performance is significant. It was found that an accurate model such as fourth order polynomial is essential for accurate prediction of cycle performance. The conclusions of this investigation are of importance when considering the designs of actual Miller engines.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)897-906
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Finite-time thermodynamics
  • Friction
  • Miller cycle
  • Temperature-dependent specific heat


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