Rankine cycle

Rankine cycle

noun Thermodynamics.
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.


Origin:
1895–1900; named after W. J. M. Rankine

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Rankine cycle (ˈræŋkɪn)
 
n
the thermodynamic cycle in steam engines by which water is pumped into a boiler at one end and the steam is condensed at the other
 
[C19: named after W. J. M. Rankine (1820--72), Scottish physicist]

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