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# Thermal Design and Optimization of Power Cycles

## Abstract

Power-generating cycles are used to produce mechanical energy from thermal energy. A part of the thermal energy is converted into mechanical energy, and the remaining thermal energy can either be used for other applications or rejected into the heat sink. The mechanical energy can then be converted into electric energy. In this chapter, thermal modeling of different power-generating cycles including the Rankine cycle, the Brayton cycle, the Braysson cycle, and the Kalina cycle is presented. The objective function for each of the power-generating cycles is derived from the thermal model. Optimization of a derived objective is performed by implementing 11 different metaheuristic algorithms for each power-generating cycle, and then the comparative results are tabulated and discussed.

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