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Entropy 2009, 11(3), 443-453; doi:10.3390/e11030443

Thermoeconomic Optimum Operation Conditions of a Solar-driven Heat Engine Model

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1 Departamento de Ciencias Básicas, Escuela Superior de Cómputo del IPN, Av. Miguel Bernard Esq. Juan de Dios Bátiz U.P. Zacatenco CP 07738, D.F., México 2 Departamento de Física, Escuela Superior de Física y Matemáticas del IPN, Edif. 9 U.P. Zacatenco CP 07738, D.F., México 3 Departamento de Física y Matemáticas, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla Exhacienda Sta. Catarina Mártir, Cholula 72820, Puebla, México
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Received: 25 June 2009 / Accepted: 8 July 2009 / Published: 25 August 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exergy: Analysis and Applications)
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In the present paper, the thermoeconomic optimization of an endoreversible solardriven heat engine has been carried out by using finite-time/finite-size thermodynamic theory. In the considered heat engine model, the heat transfer from the hot reservoir to the working fluid is assumed to be the radiation type and the heat transfer to the cold reservoir is assumed the conduction type. In this work, the optimum performance and two design parameters have been investigated under three objective functions: the power output per unit total cost, the efficient power per unit total cost and the ecological function per unit total cost. The effects of the technical and economical parameters on the thermoeconomic performance have been also discussed under the aforementioned three criteria of performance.
Keywords: thermoeconomic performance; endoreversible; solar-driven heat engine; optimization thermoeconomic performance; endoreversible; solar-driven heat engine; optimization
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Barranco-Jiménez, M.A.; Sánchez-Salas, N.; Rosales, M.A. Thermoeconomic Optimum Operation Conditions of a Solar-driven Heat Engine Model. Entropy 2009, 11, 443-453.

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