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What is Actual and Ideal Diesel Cycle – Definition

Actual and Ideal Diesel Cycle. In this article it is shown an ideal Diesel cycle in which there are a lot of assumptions differs from actual Diesel cycle. Thermal Engineering

Comparison of Actual and Ideal Diesel Cycles


Diesel cycle - pV Diagram
Diesel cycle – pV Diagram

In this article it is shown an ideal Diesel cycle in which there are a lot of assumptions differs from actual Diesel cycle. The main differences between the actual and ideal Diesel engine appear in the figure. In reality, the ideal cycle does not occur and there are many losses associated with each process. For an actual cycle, the shape of the pV diagram is similar to the ideal, but the area (work) enclosed by the pV diagram is always less than the ideal value. The ideal Diesel cycle is based on the following assumptions:

  • Closed cycle: The largest difference between the two diagrams is the simplification of the intake and exhaust strokes in the ideal cycle. In the exhaust stroke, heat Qout is ejected to the environment (in a real engine, the gas leaves the engine and is replaced by a new mixture of air and fuel).
  • Isobaric heat addition. In real engines the heat addition is never isobaric.
  • No heat transfer
    • Compression – The gas is compressed adiabatically from state 1 to state 2. In real engines, there are always some inefficiencies that reduce the thermal efficiency.
    • Expansion. The gas expands adiabatically from state 3 to state 4.
  • Complete combustion of the mixture.
  • No pumping work. Pumping work is the difference between the work done during exhaust stroke and the work done during intake stroke. In real cycles, there is a pressure difference between exhaust and inlet pressures.
  • No blowdown loss. Blowdown loss is caused by the early opening of exhaust valves. This results in a loss of work output during expansion stroke.
  • No blow-by loss. The blow-by loss is caused by the leakage of compressed gases through piston rings and other crevices.
  • No frictional losses.

These simplifying assumptions and losses lead to the fact that the enclosed area (work) of the pV diagram for an actual engine is significantly smaller than the size of the area (work) enclosed by the pV diagram of the ideal cycle. In other words, the ideal engine cycle will overestimate the net work and, if the engines run at the same speed, greater power produced by the actual engine by around 20% (similarly as in the case of Otto engine).

Diesel cycle - Diesel engine

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Other References:

Diesel Engine – Car Recycling

See also:

Diesel Cycle

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