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MINIATURIZATION LIMITS OF SMALL IC ENGINES

@inproceedings{Menon2009MINIATURIZATIONLO,
  title={MINIATURIZATION LIMITS OF SMALL IC ENGINES},
  author={S. Menon and C. Cadou},
  year={2009}
}
Considerable effort has been devoted in recent years to building miniature heat engines as battery replacements and prime-movers for micro-air vehicle propulsion. Simple thermodynamic analyses show that as a heat engine is miniaturized, it becomes less thermodynamically efficient. A critical length scale exists at which losses outstrip power production and cycle efficiency goes to zero. The objectives of this research are to identify a minimum practical length scale for two-stroke piston… Expand
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