Dual cycle: Definition, Process, Formula, Pv & Ts Diagram, Application [with Pdf]

What is Dual cycle?

  1. Dual cycle is the air standard cycle which is combination of the Thermdynamic otto cycle & Diesel cycle.
  1. This thermodynamic power cycle consists of the two isenthalpic (constant volume) process & two adiabatic process & one isobaric process (Constant volume).

Dual cycle pv and ts diagram:

Dual cycle pv ts diagram


  • 1-2 :- Isentropic compression process
  • 2-3 :- Constant volume process
  • 3-4 :- Isobaric heat addition process
  • 4-5 :- Isentropic expansion
  • 5-1 :- Constant volume heat rejection process

Process 1-2: Reversible adiabatic compression

For reversible adiabatic process,

`Q_{1-2}= 0`

By compression of air from 1 to 2 temperature of air increases from `T_{1}` to `T_{2}` hence change in internal energy is given by :-

`du_{1-2}= C_{v}( T_{2}-T_{1} )`

Now by First law of thermodynamics,


`0= C_{v}( T_{2}-T_{1} )+W_{1-2}`

`W_{1-2}= C_{v}( T_{1}-T_{2} )`

`W_{1-2}= C_{v}( T_{1}-T_{2} )`

Process 2-3: Constant volume heat addition.

For the isochoric process, Change in volume (`delta v=0`)

`therefore W_{2-3}=0`

Here temperature rises from `T_{2}` to `T_{3}`. Hence change in internal energy is given by,

`du_{2-3}= C_{v}( T_{3}-T_{2} )`

Now to find heat transfer (Q), By first law of thermodynamics,


`Q_{2-3}= C_{v}( T_{3}-T_{2} )+0`

`Q_{2-3}= C_{v}( T_{3}-T_{2} )`

Process 3-4: Constant pressure heat addition.

For constant pressure process,

`W_{3-4}= P( V_{4}-V_{3} )`

 In the form of temperature, it can be written as:-

`W_{3-4}= R( T_{4}-T_{3} )`

[ Because PV=RT ]

The temperature rises from `T_{3}` to `T_{4}`. hence internal energy change is given by,

`du_{3-4}= C_{v}( T_{4}-T_{3} )`

Now to find rate of heat transfer by first law of thermodynamics,


`Q_{3-4}= C_{v}( T_{4}-T_{3} )+R( T_{4}-T_{3} )`

`Q_{3-4}= (C_{v}+R )( T_{4}-T_{3} )`

`Q_{3-4}= (C_{v}+C_{p}-C_{v} )( T_{4}-T_{3} )`

`Q_{3-4}=C_{p}( T_{4}-T_{3} )`

Process 4-5: Reversible expansion for the reversible adiabatic process.


By expansion of air from 4 to 5, the temperature of the air decreases from `T_{4}` to `T_{5}`. Hence the change in internal energy is given by,

`du_{4-5}=C_{v}( T_{5}-T_{4} )`

Now by the first law of thermodynamics,


`0=C_{v}( T_{5}-T_{4} )+W_{4-5}`

`W_{4-5}=C_{v}( T_{4}-T_{5} )`

Process 5-1: Constant volume heat rejection.

For constant volume process,


In this process temperature of air decreases from `T_{5}` to `T_{1}`. Hence change in internal energy is given by,

`du_{5-1}=C_{v}( T_{1}-T_{5} )`

Now by first law of thermodynamics,


`Q_{5-1}=C_{v}( T_{1}-T_{5} )+0`

`Q_{5-1}=C_{v}( T_{1}-T_{5} )`

All parameters are summarized below:

Dual cycle application:

1] Heavy diesel engine.

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