Internal Combustion Engines

Open cycles

operating with

internal combustion

are the most common type of

gas power cycle

In an

internal combustion engine

, the fuel is burned within the system to release the heat to operate the cycle.
Types of Gas Power Cycles:
Open Cycles
Internal Combusion (IC)
Closed Cycles
External Combustion (EC)
In an

open cycle

, the

working fluid

is drawn in, compressed, heated and then expanded just one time and then it leaves the system.
Process flow diagram of an open gas power cycle.
Gasoline and diesel reciprocating engines power cars, trucks and most ships.

Gas turbines

power many warships as well as jet aircraft.

Gas turbines

are also commonly used in natural gas-fired electric power generation plants.
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Ch 9, Lesson E, Page 2 - Internal Combustion Engines