rankine cycle

rankine cycle
noun
Usage: usually capitalized R
: an ideal reversible heat-engine cycle approximated by the operating cycle of an actual steam engine

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Thermodynam.
the hypothetical cycle of a steam engine in which all heat transfers take place at constant pressure and in which expansion and compression occur adiabatically. Also called Clausius cycle.
[1895-1900; named after W. J. M. RANKINE]

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Rankine cycle,
Thermodynamics. a kind of Carnot cycle, used as a standard of thermal efficiency. It comprises the introduction of water by pump, evaporation, adiabatic expansion, and condensation.
[< William J. M. Rankine]

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