Performance characteristics of endoreversible chemical engines

J. M. Gordon, Vladimir N. Orlov

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    Chemical engines process mass flows to convert differences in chemical potential into work - the analog of heat engines processing heat flows to generate work from temperature differences. For isothermal endoreversible chemical engines constrained to finite-time operation - examples of which include mass exchangers, electrochemical, photochemical, and solid-state devices: (i) optimal cycle types for maximizing average power output, (ii) upper bounds on power production, and (iii) sensitivity of these results to mass-transfer law, illustrated for linear and diffusive behavior, are derived.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5303-5309
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Issue number9
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 1993

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    • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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