A brief review study of various thermodynamic cycles for high temperature power generation systems

Si Cong Yu, Lin Chen, Yan Zhao, Hong Xu Li, Xin Rong Zhang

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This paper presents a review of the previous studies and papers about various thermodynamic cycles working for high temperature power generation procedures, in these cycles the highest temperature is not lower than 700 K. Thermodynamic cycles that working for power generation are divided into two broad categories, thermodynamic cycle model study and working fluid analysis. Thermodynamic cycle contains the simple cycle model and the complex cycle model, emphasis has been given on the complex thermodynamic cycles due to their high thermal efficiencies. Working fluids used for high temperature thermodynamic cycles is a dense gas rather than a liquid. A suitable thermodynamic cycle is crucial for effectively power generation especially under the condition of high temperature. The main purpose is to find out the characteristics of various thermodynamic cycles when they are working in the high temperature region for power generation. As this study shows, combined cycles with both renewable and nonrenewable energies as the heat source can show good performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-83
Number of pages16
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr


  • High temperature
  • Power generation
  • Review
  • Thermodynamic cycles
  • Working fluids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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